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(ESPN)   After 22 years in the NBA, Vince Carter realizes he is almost old enough to be in that stay away from coronavirus age range and retires   (espn.com) divider line
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2020-06-25 12:59:34 PM  
7 votes:

kdawg7736: One of the best dunkers ever. Enjoy your retirement, Vince.


He was more than that, tho. Stolen from Twitter:

Vince Carter retires as one of five players in NBA history to score more than 25,000 points, grab more than 5,000 rebounds, dish out more than 4,000 assists and make more than 500 made 3-pointers.

The other four are: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and LeBron James.
 
2020-06-25 2:58:14 PM  
4 votes:
Probably the best example I can point to in the modern NBA of a superstar adapting to a diminished role and still contributing.  Would not surprise me to see him on a coaching track from this point.
 
2020-06-25 12:56:14 PM  
4 votes:
One of the best dunkers ever. Enjoy your retirement, Vince.
 
2020-06-25 3:14:43 PM  
2 votes:

phedex: His longevity is borderline unheard of in NBA history.  A sport that requires that kind of stamina/cardio, he's a legend in my book.

Baseball players can toe the line, and tom brady is an aberration as well.  but how many guys made it in the NBA to 43? I need to research this.


Carter played in 22 NBA seasons over parts of four decades, both NBA records.
 
2020-06-25 7:25:29 PM  
1 vote:

Killer Cars: phedex: His longevity is borderline unheard of in NBA history.  A sport that requires that kind of stamina/cardio, he's a legend in my book.

It's especially impressive considering he spent his "best" years (his highest scoring seasons and most Sportscenter highlight worthy dunks) in Toronto as an oft-injured, usually cranky head case whom virtually no one thought was taking his conditioning and overall development seriously.

Most NBA players who come out of the gate burning that brightly but also with some red flags at the start burn out just as quick. The fact he was able to turn it around and become the consummate professional for the last 2/3 of his career is pretty cool.


I'm not much of a basketball guy, but to me him choosing to attend his graduation ceremony right at the climax of his team's first-ever real post-season run.  He got a lot of flak for that in the press... but I had to (and still do) respect a person who understood that basketball was a game that he was playing for now, and that there would be an after at some point.  I doubt he even dreamed that the after would be so much later.  But it was the sign that despite the drama, his head was fundamentally on straight.
 
2020-06-25 3:30:11 PM  
1 vote:

phedex: His longevity is borderline unheard of in NBA history.  A sport that requires that kind of stamina/cardio, he's a legend in my book.


It's especially impressive considering he spent his "best" years (his highest scoring seasons and most Sportscenter highlight worthy dunks) in Toronto as an oft-injured, usually cranky head case whom virtually no one thought was taking his conditioning and overall development seriously.

Most NBA players who come out of the gate burning that brightly but also with some red flags at the start burn out just as quick. The fact he was able to turn it around and become the consummate professional for the last 2/3 of his career is pretty cool.
 
2020-06-25 3:26:56 PM  
1 vote:

WoodyHayes: I remember picking up a 2K game

Game of Zones - S5E7: NBA 1K
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2020-06-25 3:20:39 PM  
1 vote:
I remember picking up a 2K game around 2014 after pretty much ignoring the NBA for a good while but hearing how decent the simulation aspect of the game was.

"Vince Carter is still playing? He is now a trey guy? Huh? How? When?"

It was like picking up Madden and discovering that Mike Alstott was now a red zone fade threat due to his leaping ability.
 
2020-06-25 3:02:14 PM  
1 vote:
His longevity is borderline unheard of in NBA history.  A sport that requires that kind of stamina/cardio, he's a legend in my book.

Baseball players can toe the line, and tom brady is an aberration as well.  but how many guys made it in the NBA to 43? I need to research this.
 
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