Basketball world reacts to Vince Carter’s retirement
Vince Carter, arguably the best in-game dunker in NBA history, announced his retirement from pro basketball on Thursday.
The basketball world took to Twitter to congratulate Carter on his Hall of Fame career.
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 25, 2020
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) June 25, 2020
THANK YOU @mrvincecarter15 .! ILL BE FOREVER THANKFUL FOR YOU TAKING ROOKIE JC UNDER YOUR WINGS AND HELPING MOLD ME INTO THE PRO I AM TODAY! ENJOY THE HALL OF FAME LEGEND IT WAS ONE HELLUAVA RIDE GLAD TO SHARE SOME MEMORIES WITH YOU.! -99
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) June 25, 2020
It’s been a @UNC_Basketball start to the day. Vince officially retiring and memories of us drafting Ty Lawson 11 years ago.
Two of Carolina’s all time greats!
— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) June 25, 2020
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) June 25, 2020
Congratulations to my brother @mrvincecarter15 on a GREAT Career….the game is going to miss you!!! Thank You for the highlights and everything that you’ve done for the game of basketball. #AirCanada#BestInGameDunkerEver👊🏾💪🏾🙌🏾👌🏾💯 pic.twitter.com/8QOG9KM6c9
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 25, 2020
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 25, 2020
Thank you, Vince ❤️
What are your favorite @mrvincecarter15 memories?
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 25, 2020
Thank you for inspiring a nation to believe.
Thank you for laying the foundation of basketball in Canada.
Thank you for letting us fly with you.
Thank you for a lifetime of memories.
Love, Canada pic.twitter.com/vTkWLfss4M
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 25, 2020
— LP (@LloydPierceLP) June 25, 2020
To a legendary career.
Vince Carter finishes his NBA career with averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 1,541 games. Carter was an eight-time All-Star and the 1999 Rookie of the Year with the Toronto Raptors.
Along with the Raptors, Carter also played for the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks. The man they call Half-Man/Half-Amazing made over $172 million through NBA contracts, per Spotrac.
Every basketball fan will always remember where they were when Carter put on a show in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, who is Carter’s cousin and was on the Raptors at the time, was in awe during the Dunk Contest and he’s seen the best of Carter for years behind the scenes.
Carter, who played his college ball at UNC, also jumped over someone during USA basketball. It’s safe to say no one is going to touch this dunk from Vinsanity.
THE GREATEST DUNK EVER… pic.twitter.com/9kq95yunoO
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 25, 2020
It’s unfortunate Vince Carter was never able to play in the NBA Finals. The high-flyer never wanted to ring chase toward the end of his career despite fans’ plea that he should have.
The next stop for Carter is the Hall of Fame.