The Atlanta Hawks player says goodbye to professional activity after 22 seasons in the NBA.
Vince Carter officially announced his retirement after a 22-year NBA career. This is an expected decision after Atlanta Hawks will be out of the 22 teams that will resume the 2019/20 season in Orlando.
The 43-year-old made the announcement Thursday during Ringer’s Winging It With Vince Carter podcast. “I officially stop playing basketball professionally,” said the Florida-born.
Carter’s last appearance was against the New York Knicks on March 11, the same night that the world’s best basketball organization suspended the calendar following the coronavirus pandemic that broke out.
“Since the end of March I felt it was all over and this is how I have handled it,” Carter said. “It is unfortunate, but with the coronavirus you see how people’s lives go by quickly,” he added.
Carter was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the fifth overall pick in 1998 before being sent to the Toronto Raptors in a draft night deal. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year during the 1998/99 season, trimmed by lockout.
That was just the beginning for the shooting guard on a career-packed career where he also played for the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.
Carter became the only NBA player to play 22 seasons and the first to appear in a game in four different decades. As for statistics, it is ranked 19 in the history of the league with 25,728 points and sixth with 2,290 triples.
He was an eight-time All-Star, won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2000, and helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. “When I played, I did it to win. I had a smile on my face because I was grateful every day for having the opportunity to play in the NBA,” he said.
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