Vince Carter confirms he is retiring from the National Basketball Association

Sunday, 28 Jun, 2020

Vince Carter announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Thursday, bringing an end to a 22-year career - the longest of any player in league history.

Vinsanity announced past year that this would be his final season, and as the weeks dragged on during the league's Covid shutdown he found peace in the fact that his likely last appearance on the court was knocking down a three in the final minutes of a losing game against the Knicks back in March.

"That's the big picture in my mind so I was able to put the weird ending, the abrupt stoppage of play to an ending aside for the bigger picture".

As one of the greatest dunkers of all time and eight-time National Basketball Association all-star Vincent Lamar Carter calls time on his 22 seasons long National Basketball Association career, it's a good time to look back at his rookie season which launched him into stardom. He averaged 23.4 points per game over his time with Toronto.

But, Carter is grateful went out with a bang - nailing his final National Basketball Association shot while playing the NY Knicks on March 11. a 3-pointer in overtime.

He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year during the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. He started his career with the Toronto Raptors, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.

Carter went on to become one of the most popular Raptors off all time over his six and a half seasons in Canada, winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award in 1999.

However, their season is over as they did not qualify for the NBA's 22-team format for restarting action in late July at Disney World amid the novel coronavirus.

Naturally given such longevity, it is no surprise to see Carter flying high on all-time points lists too.

Basketball fans in Toronto have been taking to social media all day to share fond memories of Carter playing for the Raptors, with some even saying he's the reason they learned to love the sport as a child.

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter greets fans after an overtime loss to the New York Knicks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on March 11, 2020.

As time expired and Carter was in the process of becoming a victim of gravity as he seemed to fall in slow motion out of bounds, landing in a series of quick mini bounces, the three sunk.

Carter added he had been looking forward to playing one last game in Toronto, which would've taken place April 10. He won the dunk contest in 2000 in one of the greatest showcases in league history.

The former NBAer said that it was easier for him to put it aside and simply move on with his life.

"Half Man, Half Amazing, ALL class!"