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Vince Carter and Dominique Wilkins talk about their first dunks and the famous 2000 Olympics dunk on Frédéric Weis

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Vince Carter is playing his 23rd season in the league, this season for the Hawks. He is mentoring the young Hawks players, something that former Hawks great Dominique Wilkins believes every young team needs.

First of all, he's a special player and special human being - outside of basketball just a wonderful guy. I've known Vince for quite a while … over 20 years. Here's a guy that brings a lot of credibilities. He brings a lot of basketball knowledge to a very young team.

Vince and Nique had a conversation about their first dunks, famous 2000 Olympics dunk and more.

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Nique: I was 12 or 13 and I didn't realize I dunked it. I was in playing kind of a summer league game and I got fouled, anywhere I started winding down. They say, wait, hold on, you got to shoot a free throw.

Vince: You made it!

Nique: It was not a big-time dunk, but you know it was a dunk.

Vince: My first dunk was on the outside court, I dunked there since sixth grade and my first actual game dunk was in the 7th grade.

Nique: What is, with your ability it's not surprising. I mean you could get off the floor and it's not too many times in life you see a guy 6'6, 6'7 who jumps like that, incredible.

The two highflyers also shared some thoughts about the famous 2000 Olympics dunk Vince Carter did over Frédéric Weis.

Vince: Funny thing about the Olympic dunk is that it was more so instinct and I was just trying, it was the pass he threw, they were going in transition, so my team is running back on defense, I get the ball, I figured let me go ahead and attack the rim before they get back. I was just trying to be an athlete, just jump up there and then figure it out from there. So I never actually knew I jumped over him till later on.

Nique: So you say it's all instinct and that's nothing you think about.

Vince: I didn't even think I could do something like that.

Nique: Those things happen kind of organically, you can't plan that.

Nique is considered as one of the greatest dunkers of all time. He was known for beating Jordan in the dunk contest back in the '80s. If you remember watching the 2000 Dunk Contest, then you know what kind of dunking machine is Vince "Air Canada" Carter, whos dunks were innovative and spectacular at the same time.

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