Atlanta Hawks swingman Vince Carter has left a lasting legacy of ferocious dunks in the memories of NBA fans. Now, at 42 years of age, the former UNC Tar Heel can still throw it down, but it sounds like he won't be participating in any more Slam Dunk Contests.

Carter, who famously won the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest with a total score of 98, recently joined Jacob Feldman of SI for a wide-ranging interview. Amid their discussion, Carter noted that his decision on this matter is final:

SI: Might we see one more dunk contest?

VC: Yeah, if you pull it up on YouTube. The 2000 Dunk Contest, that’s about it. I leave perfection where it is. I just don’t want to tarnish that.

There have been several great dunkers in the NBA over the years, but none threw it down with the ferocity that Carter did. And though his power was evident, there were also times when he swooned the crowd with his finesse. In fact, players still imitate some of his moves to this day, which is the ultimate sign of respect.

SI: Is dunking an art form?

VC: I look at it as an art — it has an artistic side to it. Gliding through the air, contorting, and then the ending can become ferocious.

Back when I did the dunk contest, it was more guys trying to tear the rim down. It was the era of the bigs and that came with it. Now it’s more finesse and some guys want to go up there and just throw it through. John Collins and I have had a lot of conversations about the art of dunking. He has an old-school mentality; he more-so wants to dunk with power.

Carter says he can't pull off all of the dunks that he used to, but the Hawks wingman still has several tricks in his bag:

SI: Do you still like to dunk in private?

VC: Yeah. Catch me if I’m warm. I can still do a windmill, that’s easy, like a layup. A reverse 360. A few years before doing the reverse 360 in the dunk contest, being bored with dunking I wanted to try something different. So I taught myself how to jump that way. Everybody jumps the other way so it’s normal for them. Now a reverse 360 is normal for me. I can’t go the other way anymore. It’s difficult now to look for the rim the normal way. So the cat’s out of the bag on that one. I just wanted to be different.

Carter will go down as one of the greatest athletes the NBA has ever known, to be sure. For now, though, it sounds like the Hawks star still got some gas in the proverbial tank.