After 22 seasons and hundreds , if not thousands, of highlight reels…Vince Carter at the ripe young age of 43, is “officially done”.
While on his own podcast, “Winging it”, Carter announced that he would not be returning next season, that he has already played his last game in the NBA.
“I’m officially finished playing basketball,” Carter said. “I’m officially done playing basketball professionally.”
Carter spent his 22 season with eight teams, must memorable for me were his Toronto Raptors years. Watching him dunk all over the NBA and making poster moments out of so many of those that were thought to be good or greats of the game.
Carter is No. 19 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1998 with the fifth pick overall, but then was traded almost immediately to the Raptors.
Six and a half years later he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. Even today, some 15 years later, Carter remains in the Raptors’ all-time top 10 in points scored (fourth), assists (sixth), steals (fifth), blocks (fourth), field goals made (third) and 3-pointers made (fifth).
Carter said on his podcast…
“Making my last shot helped the situation. I think if I didn’t make my last shot, it’d have been a little different. It’d have felt a little different. I’d have been itching to at least get back and just play one minute and just make one shot — I don’t care what it would be: free throw, layup, I don’t care,” Carter said. “As a player playing your last game — whether you know it or not — you always want to say, ‘Well, at least I made the last shot of my career.’ And I can actually say that, so I’m happy.”
Carter also won the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in 2000. Man was he ever fun to watch with the ball in his hand. Earlier this season, Carter made NBA history when he became the first NBA player to appear in at least one game in four different decades.
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