Now retired, he spends time with his six children and three grandchildren and leads a quiet life.

"I go to Mass every Sunday, read five pages of the Bible every day and play some golf," Carter said. "I'd like to get back into [professional] basketball as a mentor, an adviser who sits on the bench and helps to talk guys through things."

The fire is still burning, he said.

"God has kept me healthy, and my energy level is high. Right now, I just take it out on the golf ball."

He treasures memories of Baltimore, from rooming with the Hall of Fame-bound Monroe to the dunking contests he used to stage with Johnson, another Hall of Famer.

"That city was my birthplace as a pro," he said. "The Bullets taught me to play winning basketball. I'll never forget the last minute of that playoff game against the Knicks when, during a timeout, [coach] Gene Shue looked into the heavens and said, 'Please, let us win this one.'

"His prayers were answered."

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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