Fred VanVleet wants the basketball world to know he’s not done betting on himself.
No amount of money — and let’s face it, he got a boatload in his four-year $85-million deal with the Raptors — is going to change VanVleet.
The original Bet on Yourself guy has many imitators these days, some he admits he finds hilarious given their already privileged circumstances, but matching the levels he has reached through sheer hard work and confidence in himself is going to take a very special person.
VanVleet doesn’t foresee any problem keeping himself motivated with his bank account and bank accounts of his future generations taken care of because his approach has nothing to do with the money even if that was the intended eventual goal of it.
“That’s just who I am, so it’s not an off and on switch,” he said of his approach. “That never turns off. That’s just who I am as a person, especially as a player and a competitor. I only know one way to play. And so that will be easy. It’s just more so, like I said, I’ve done everything that I ever wanted to do, pretty much, so it’s not like I’m getting all this money and I have to go live an extravagant life and try to do all these things I’ve never been able to do anymore. I’m good.