After spending 22 years as a professional basketball player, Vince Carter has announced that he is retiring from the NBA. Carter held the record for the longest NBA career at the time of his retirement.
Calling Carter “a true ambassador of the game”, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “Vince Carter has made an indelible impact on the NBA with his remarkable skill and enduring commitment.”
Playing for eight teams over the course of his career, Carter ranks number three in the number of games played with 1,541. Only Robert Parish with 1,611 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 1,560 rank higher. Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors; he then went on to play for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento, and Atlanta. Carter has scored 25,728 points over the course of his career that spanned at least a part of four decades.
During his career Carter’s accomplishments include Rookie of the Year, a Slam Dunk Champion, a Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year, a Gold Medal Olympian, and an eight time All Star.
During Carter’s rookie season in 1998, the season was cut short due to labour issues; his final season in 2020 was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic. His last game was March 11, 2020 where the Atlanta Hawks lost in overtime to the New York Knicks. Hawk fans gave Carter a near 20 second curtain call, yelling “we want Vince!”, urging Hawk coaches to put Carter back in the game. Carter came back into the game where he hit a three pointer seconds before the clock ran out.
Playing college basketball at North Carolina under Dean Smith, Carter is the last player in the NBA to have played for Smith.
Carter said that he has no plans to give up the game, but will play at home; adding that his professional career has come to an end.
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