Vince Carter is sometimes taken aback.

There have been times this season when opposing teams and fans on the road have paid homage to his career as if Carter plans to retire after this season.

"It's a little weird," Carter said.

Not only have the past two games blared that Carter still has game, but the 39-year-old emphatically declared Wednesday that he hopes to mimic Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and complete 20 years in the NBA.

Bryant announced that he is retiring after this season. Carter, who in his 18th NBA season, plans to play next season and beyond.

"For sure," Carter said. "Did I say I was retiring? I'm very thankful for (the recognition on the road). Don't get me wrong. But I plan on coming back. I just go year to year at this point. I don't put a timetable on it. I don't want to say two years and then everybody says 'Well this is it, right?' But 20 years would be cool."

Meanwhile, the Griz are relishing Carter's hot shooting over the past two games.

He's averaged 13 points on 10-of-14 shooting, that includes five 3-pointers off eight attempts in significant minutes. Carter's three long-distance daggers in the final five minutes of a win Monday at New Orleans helped the Griz score their fourth straight victory.

He made a couple of 3-pointers two nights early as the Griz held off a late Sacramento Kings rally.

"I expect to play well," Carter said. "Don't get me wrong because it doesn't work out that way all the time. There's muscle memory and just believing in who you are helps."