"I feel like I've still got 5 to 6 years left," McCarty said. "I still have some young legs in me, and I still have a lot of fun. I'm still very active and very able to contribute to the team."
McCarty has never been a star in the NBA, but he's been a very valuable teammate. He does whatever his team needs coming off the bench - hit the outside shot, rebound, defend, whatever it takes. That's what made him a crowd favorite during his days as a Boston Celtic. But after spending nearly his entire NBA career as a Celtic, he was traded this past season to the Phoenix Suns, where he helped the Suns advance to the Western Conference Finals.
"I really love and enjoy being in Phoenix this year," McCarty said. "It really energized my play and made me want to get back out there and have a lot of fun and do a lot of things on the court."
Big Walt recently returned to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, to conduct his annual basketball camp. He also brought along his former UK teammate and roommate, Tony Delk, to help him out. McCarty says he has a "special relationship" with Delk and talks to him about 2 to 3 times a week.
McCarty said, "It's a lot of fun when we play each other. When he comes in the night before, we go out and have dinner and talk about our families and how things are going. Once we play against each other, we go out there and have a lot of fun, talk some trash to each other, shove each other around a little bit, but most of all it's just cool to see each other's dreams come true. Our dreams to play in the NBA starting while at Kentucky, and sharing this dream together is a lot of fun."
McCarty also helps Delk out at his camp. He says it's good for the kids to see real NBA players "live" instead of watching them on TV.
"It's a lot of fun for me, and a lot of fun for them," McCarty said. "The biggest thing we can do is just teach the kids the correct way and how to play basketball - using fundamentals to help them out."
Reebok made some special "Walter McCarty wristbands" that Walt gives out to the players at these camps, but he admits that some campers get more than one wristband - those who had a UK uniform or UK shirt on.