NBA – Looking Ahead to the Vince Carter Farewell Tour

Word came out earlier this week that Vince Carter would play a 22nd season in the National Basketball Association. It is a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. If he stays healthy, he will have some impressive milestones. Carter will have played in more than 1,500 regular season games. Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned another tidbit in a recent article. Vince will have played in four decades when the calendar turns to 2020.

The memories that come to mind for me came in the early part of his career. In 2000, I think of his hand gestures, telling the cameras that is was over in the 2000 NBA Slam-Dunk Contest. As J.A. Adande posted a GIF on Twitter while the 2019 NBA Finals were going on, I liked what he wrote as the photo was fitting when the Toronto Raptors, the team he was playing for at the time, was dunking at Oracle Arena, the home of the Golden State Warriors. That proved to be prophetic nineteen years since he put a charge into the Oakland crowd during All-Star Weekend.

Another flashback I had was during the 2001 playoffs, he got his degree at the University of North Carolina, then later played in a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the 76ers in Philadelphia on the same day. It was a late Sunday afternoon game when NBC was still carrying the NBA package. He was so close to making a game-winning shot from the far baseline to put Toronto in the East Finals against, interestingly enough, the Milwaukee Bucks that season. He did experience being a part of the conference finals nine years later with the Orlando Magic before coming up short in the series.

Carter has played for eight different teams. He got to play for the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies where they were the biggest game in town. Other years, he played for teams in major markets, which included the Dallas Mavericks. He did get to experience the euphoria of making a game-winning buzzer-beating shot in a playoff game in 2014. He did it in front of fans in the American Airlines Center. They beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. 

As for what lies ahead for him, I remember him broadcasting some of the Jr. NBA games this past summer in Orlando. He may have a bright future in the broadcasting industry should he decide to focus on it full time after he leaves the game. It would not surprise me if he is the game analyst for a local team or in their studio at first to develop before he goes national. He should also be in Springfield, Massachusetts towards the end of the decade. One would think to be inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

Works cited: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27329223/source-carter-42-play-final-season-hawks, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Carter

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