Hawks’ Vince Carter speaks out on possibly playing his final game after suspension of NBA season
Initially, Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks thought that it was going to be his last game in front of fans. After all, the NBA was intending to hold closed-door games without the fans in attendance. Little did he know that their game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday might be his last NBA game.
In the post-game interview, Carter — who has played 22 seasons in the league — tried to contain his emotions while sharing his thoughts on having possibly played his final game.
Vince Carter had no idea when he showed up to the arena this evening that he might be playing his last game. Think about how insane that is & how quickly this all escalated for the NBA, for the world. We still don't know where this is headed. It's jarring pic.twitter.com/uex37AsFNQ
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 12, 2020
During the game itself, both teams and the State Farm Arena crowd were well-aware of the happening around the league. And with less than 20 seconds remaining with the game pretty much sealed in favor of the Knicks, they allowed Carter to jack up a 3-point shot — which might have been the last basket of his NBA career.
VINCE FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/e0XNrvbROS
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) March 12, 2020
The Hawks-Knicks game was one of the last games played before NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the suspension of the 2019-20 season. Two other games — the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings vs the New Orleans Pelicans — were moments before tipoff before the league called the games off.
The game between the Thunder and the Jazz were actually waiting for the test results for Rudy Gobert. When Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, both teams were instructed to head out of the floor and remain in their locker rooms. Fans were instructed to leave the arena as well.
The NBA will use the downtime to come up with ways on how to prevent the spread of COVID 19 and how the 2019-20 season will pan out. Most teams have less than 20 games left in the regular season with the playoffs just around the corner.