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Former Sacramento Kings veteran Vince Carter officially announced his retirement

Thank you, Vince Carter.

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On an episode of ESPN's The Jump back in June of 2019,Vince Carter loosely announced that the 2019-20 NBA season would be the final chapter of his impressive 22 year professional basketball career. The COVID-19 pandemic robbed Carter of a proper sendoff, but he was never really interested in that kind of farewell tour, anyway.

Vinsanity made the inevitable official on Thursday morning in an episode of his podcast, Winging It With Vince Carter, where he announced his retirement, on his terms, for the first time.

 

Vince Carter is most known for the prolific dunking, flashy offense, and scoring prowess he displayed during his prime years with the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets. His dunk contest performances are legendary, and you could make a serious argument that he was the best dunker, both in game and in contest, that the NBA has ever seen. There is a very, very short list of NBA peers that could even enter the conversation.

 

Carter was a wildly entertaining basketball player throughout his prime, but I grew to appreciate the contributions he made during the twilight of his career even more. He didn't ring chase, not that I really have a problem with that concept, but it was a markedly different approach to his final years than so many fellow NBA veterans.

Above the ring, he still wanted to play basketball. The driving force behind his decision to sign with non-contenders like the Kings, and then the Hawks, was playing time and an on-court role, and what's even more impressive is that he was earning those minutes. They weren't granted to him because his name was Vince Carter.

I don't want to overstate his contributions in Sacramento, but he was still a reasonably effective basketball player here at 41. That's pretty incredible, and testament to both his work ethic and dedication to keeping his aging body healthy enough to compete at the highest level.

This was a small moment, but something that sticks out to me from Carter's time in Sacramento was how much the Young Superteam enjoyed his company. Bogdan Bogdanovic swiping his signature 'crank it up' celebration after a dunk against the Celtics is a perfect example of that relationship. It was just fun having a guy like Vince Carter in this city.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HAvYujuPA0

 

Kings players loved playing with him, Kings fans loved cheering for him, and I will look back at his run in Sacramento fondly. Vince Carter, good King. See you in the Hall of Fame.

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Rik Smits
11 days ago

Carter was a wildly entertaining basketball player throughout his prime, but I grew to appreciate the contributions he made during the twilight of his career even more.

 
100% agree.
 
I’ll even go further. I had very little respect for Carter during his prime. He was all flash and little substance, an extremely gifted player who wasn’t willing to do the hard stuff (defense, polishing weakness of his game, the mental things) to really be a basketball great.
 
But the way he kept on going while he was way beyond his prime, not caring about rings or accolades, just keep on playing the game he loves and be a great teammate, I began to see him in a different light.
 
Thank you, VC. I was happy you were a King for a while.

Colin Keiner
11 days ago

I’ll never forget that one game against the Cavs where he just went OFF and outscored LeBron for the first time in a game in 12 years or something. That was one of those games where you just can’t believe what’s happening, but you know it’s special.

Kevin Lam
11 days ago

I was at that game at Golden 1 Center. It was amazing because he went something like 10-12 from the field, and it was like every time he shot up the ball it just went in and the crowd would go wild. I remember the Kings ended up winning that game.
 
I got tickets to that game as a Christmas gift for my Dad, and partly because I wanted to see LeBron James play live. Didn’t expect a win, but I’m glad we got it!

Greg Wissinger
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11 days ago

Truly appreciative that we got to enjoy Vince Carter as a Sacramento King for a season. It was a joy.

Ican Hascheezburger
10 days ago
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Seasons with VInce Carter:
 
Sacramento Kings: 1
L*s Ang*l*s L*kers: 0
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Marv Alderman
10 days ago

I don’t get it. How can someone list Vince Carter’s Top10 career dunks and not add the Weis dunk of death? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WihbbVEmppI He even had fairly full hair back then. 🙂 Just as a reminder: Mr Carter listed at 6’6” / 1.98m, Monsieur Weis at 7’2” /2.18m.

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