Vince Carter is the only player to have played in four different decades in the NBA. This is his 22nd season in the league, making him the most longlasting player in the history of the game.
Vince played in 1529 games, and along with his longevity, the 5-time All-Star and Olympic Gold medalist will mostly be remembered by his high flying ability.
The man with many nicknames, globally known as Vinsanity, Air Canada, Half-Man/Half-Amazing, is also often remembered by his incredible appearance in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the famous contest when Vince Carter introduced several dunks never seen before. And what better way to honor Vince than with a reminder of this iconic performance.
Getting there, to the arena that day was probably the worst of all. My car didn’t show up, so we missed our practice time because I was late. So, right before it was my turn, I still didn’t know what to do.– VInce Carter
The spontaneous and unpredictable element of being late and not having a strategy for the dunks certainly fueled his imagination and gave us perhaps the best dunking performance in the history of the contest.
I was pulling off things that I had never really done, never try, never thought about.
I just told TMAC, just bounce the ball here, he was like for what, I said like, “Just bounce the ball waist height and get out of the way.
I wanted the crowd to be in awe and not say a word.
Vinsanity took dunking to the next level and helped inspire the millions around the world with his highflying plays. And although he said he would retire after this season, we hope to see him in the league for at least a few more years.