Last summer, Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter announced that he will be hanging up his basketball shoes at the end of the 2019-20 season. Vinsanity was a guest on ESPN‘s ‘The Jump’ when he shared the news with the sports world that his 22nd year in the league would be his last.
Here’s a look at the video from the show, which was revealed by Chris Montano of ESPN.
Carter not only made history by coming back for his 22nd season in the NBA, passing Dirk Nowitzki, but he is also the first player to ever play in the NBA in four different decades (the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and now the 2020s).
Vince Carter is averaging 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assist through 46 games this season for the Hawks.
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Vince Carter Weighs in on His Possible Interest in Team Ownership
Recently, Carter shared with me after the Hawks lost to the Dallas Mavericks that he would love to be part of an ownership group in the future.
“I would love to be a part of a team ownership group where I can help develop players and continue to bridge the gap between players and coaches, players and organizations, and organizations and coaches. Having everybody on the same page, understanding how we think, and making a stand-up organization where you are developing players. I have a lot of respect for organizations like San Antonio when you go there, you understand you will learn the game and how to play the game,” said Carter.
“It’s no tolerance and learning this is a business, and you have to enjoy it, but guys come in a say I’m going to learn all that. It’s our job, and I’m thinking ahead and teaching guys to learn and play the game the right way. That’s what I want to do and teach them the right way or help them fulfill that goal in the right way and try not to take short cuts.”
Recently the Boston Celtics gifted Carter a photo of his first bucket in the NBA. Carter’s first basket came as a member of the Toronto Raptors against Celtics’ great and future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce. Carter would finish the game with 16 points on February 5, 1999.
“That was great,” Carter said via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “Every city I’ve gone to so far, they’ve had a nice video or something and I have a nice memory of my time there. This was the same.”
“I think about my first game, my first point here, and to get that picture that was my first point here, that picture. So it was pretty cool, and obviously, that’s history at the bottom of that picture that I’m very appreciative of. I know what basketball means to this city, amongst other sports, so it was great.”