HARVEY Carey recently turned 40 yet the 16-year PBA veteran has no plans of slowing down.
The TNT forward's birthday celebration arranged last Monday by his wife turned out to be a special one as it turned into a reunion with the presence with current and former teammates with the KaTropa.
“My wife actually surprised me for my 40th. We had a lot of my old teammates like Ranidel (De Ocampo), Jimmy (Alapag), Jared Dillinger, Ryan (Reyes), J-Wash, Jayson (Castro), Danny (Seigle). It was really good to see a lot of guys that I came into the league with. It was a really nice celebration with the family,” said Carey.
A product of Sonoma State, Carey was known for his rebounding prowess despite being undersized at the four spot at 6-foot-3. He is already the longest tenured player for a TNT team that selected him fourth overall in the 2003 rookie draft.
This season, Carey’s numbers are understandably down, averaging 1.67 points and 3.11 rebounds in nine minutes of play per game. However, he makes every second of those nine minutes on the court count.
Carey played in all but one of TNT’s 37 games last season and averaged 2.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. Carey has not missed a game this season and has played a 700th game with TNT, a rare feat in an era of free agency and trades.
Carey said his family is what’s keeping him inspired.
“My family is my inspiration everyday to get up and just provide for them, and just being a good example to my boys and show what hardwork is all about. And I love it. I still love waking up and grinding with the team. Hopefully, I can keep going,” said Carey.
Carey said he maintains a strict diet in order to keep up with the younger guys, some of them half his age.
“I diet. I just do low carbs and stuff. I’m 40 now and I’m playing against guys that are 20, 21 years old. Not just in games but practices. I watch what I eat and I practically work out every day,” said Carey.
Carey said former TNT teammate Asi Taulava, the oldest player in the PBA who turned 46 last March 2, is also a source of inspiration for him.
“He is an inspiration. He was my veteran when I was a rookie. And seeing him still going, being involved, and knocking down three-pointers, it’s amazing. I’m happy for him. He is 6-9 so it’s a little different. He is blessed.
"I’m just fortunate just being here playing at 40 years old and giving quality minutes to my team,” said Carey.
That being said, Carey said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
“Actually, I’m not really thinking about retirement. I still feel good. My role right now is to be a leader and a mentor to the guys of Talk ‘N Text. Hopefully, I can stay for another year and so,” said Carey.