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'I tried to play it cool, but inside I was like a 7-year-old' - Vince Carter reveals and relishes his favorite dunk of all time

According to Carter, he was doing his best to contain his emotions after posterizing one of the best shot-stoppers of all time. But deep inside, he was overwhelmed.

Indeed, we have witnessed an array of electrifying dunkers soar and build a legacy in the NBA. In fact, there are so many that it's hard to hail who's the greatest of them all. And while that subject will forever be a debate, only a few could dispute that Vince Carter is not one of them.

Carter's greatest dunk of all time

During his prime years in the league, "Vinsanity" delighted hoops fans with his unbelievable and gravity-defying in-game dunks. And though the man himself knows it's difficult to pick the best dunk he has ever pulled off, Carter revealed that he considers the one on Alonzo Mourning as his all-time favorite.

According to Carter, he was doing his best to contain his emotions after posterizing one of the best shot-stoppers of all time. But deep inside, he was overwhelmed.

"I remember just going up. I felt since he [Zo] was under the rim if I could get up in the air before him, I had a chance because even if he knocked me back my momentum could still take me towards the rim," Carter told NBA.com in 2019. "But when he hit me, he hit me upward, which put me up higher by the rim. So I'm just looking at the rim in a different view, thinking I can't miss."

"You see I tried to play it cool, but inside I was like a 7-year-old," he continued. "I was just thinking how that's Alonzo Mourning, one of the best shot blockers in the history of the game."

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Dunking has been part of the game since a basketball fan can remember, but we can all agree that it was Carter who raised the bar for the rim-rattlers when he won the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.

For "Air Canada," he ingrained his legacy in all basketball fans worldwide from that point on.

"I might not end up being the greatest player or as good as him [Michael Jordan], but that something that I can kinda have people thinking, 'hey! maybe.' So that dunk contest [in 2000] is one of the things I made my mark...The dunk contest was kind of like my moment in time where I said I'm gonna shock the world and wild up the crowd for years to come. I just didn't know it'll have its effect like it's had, and I'm thankful for it," Carter once explained.

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