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Carter ends 22-year career in NBA

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Vince Carter has officially put an end to his 22-year career on Thursday.

The 43-year old veteran announced his retirement on his own podcast called The Ringer’s “Winging It With Vince Carter”, saying that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

Carter, signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, previously mentioning that 2019-20 would be his final season in the NBA.

However, the 2019-20 season was suspended on March due to coronavirus pandemic.

The NBA announced earlier this month that it would resume its season with 22 teams at Walt Disney World in July, but unfortunately for the Hawks, they are among the eight teams that are not included in the NBA’s restart since they own the league’s fourth worst record (20-47).

Which means that Carter’s farewell tour has already ended prematurely on March.

“If there was any disappointment because of the season — any of that — it was kind of easier to put it aside and handle it that way,” Carter said. “It’s like, OK, it’s something bigger than my career. … It’s unfortunate, but with the coronavirus taking people’s lives rapidly, that’s the big picture in my mind.

“So I was able to put the weird ending — the abrupt stoppage of play, to an ending — aside for the bigger picture.”

Carter solidified himself as one of the league’s best dunkers by winning the Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in 2000, as well as jumping over a 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis from France during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Aside from putting the Toronto Raptors on the map, “Vinsanity became the first player in NBA history to appear in at least one game in four different decades from 1998-2020.