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Vince Carter grateful to receive warm reception from Celtics fans

Vince Carter

Vince Carter is at the stage in his career when opposing fans are giving him a warm welcome. The Boston crowd gave Carter a warm welcome in TD Garden on Friday when his Atlanta Hawks took on the Celtics.

“I’m grateful because I know on the other side there is a lot of boos playing here,” Vince Carter said to the Associated Press. “I don’t expect it, obviously, but until you hear it, it’s a pretty cool moment. Very appreciative.”

Carter turns 42 in January and while he hasn’t announced when he plans to retire, it has to be coming soon. Fans everywhere know that they won’t have many more opportunities to see Carter. That’s part of the reason why opposing fans are giving Carter such a warm welcome everywhere he goes.

But on Friday night, the cheers for Carter weren’t all sentimental. Carter scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor. The former All-Star is averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in just over 17 minutes per game.

It’s astounding that Carter is still producing at this stage of his career. Of course, he’s not the same player he was when he was winning dunk contests, but he’s still capable of filling a role on someone’s bench.

Carter can be a good mentor for the Hawks, especially considering how young their roster is right now. Carter has 21 seasons worth of NBA experience and he’s been in the league longer than Trae Young has been alive.

Any fan of the NBA can appreciate what Carter has accomplished throughout his career.