There are much more important things at stake, the Coronavirus will claim lives and ruin people's livelihoods, but for NBA fans last night was emotional for another reason. It may have been the last NBA game Vince Carter ever played. Carter himself got a bit emotional when faced with that notion.
Carter, 43, is an eight-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection (third team in 1999-00 and second team in 2000-01) and was the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year. For most of his career, Carter was good for at least 20 a game. He managed to stay in the game so long because he evolved from an athletic scorer and one of the best in-game dunkers in NBA history to a smooth three-point shooter.
“If it ended today—and this day, this end of the season, these last 16 games will be talked about for a very long time—that's something I'll always remember. At least I scored my last basket. It will be a weird-but-cool memory.”
He has shot 43.6 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three, reinventing himself later in his career as a spot-up shooter. You would be hard-pressed to find a player who was a star in his prime, willing to become a role-player - someone to be a good veteran leader there to mentor young kids on a team. Carter's love for the game was stronger than his ego and that's why he was able to stay in the NBA for so long. Still, when you think about Vince Carter, one thing comes to mind.
Carter already announced this would be his last season, but this has still caught him by surprise. We can all hope Mark Cuban was right when he said the league could continue even if the stoppage lasts two months, and the playoffs continue till mid-August. Either way, we are sure Vince Carter would get a contract with any team he wants to get the send-off he deserves.