Vince Carter on Potential Final Game: 'Weird Way to Say I'm Calling It a Career'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2020

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The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season on Wednesday night, postponing all play until further notice, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. 

That means the New York Knicks' 136-131 win over the Atlanta Hawks could potentially be the final game of Vince Carter's career.

The 22-year veteran finished with five points on 2-of-5 shooting in 13 minutes. Afterward, he spoke about the possibility of going out in such bizarre fashion:

"It's just weird," Carter said of the possibility of his career ending on Wednesday night. "As we were being briefed on everything ... I'm sitting there, like, 'All right, this is it. Like that. It ended like that.' Probably tonight, I'll reflect, like, 'Golly, this is weird, man.'"

Carter, 43, is an eight-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection (third team in 1999-00 and second team in 2000-01) and was the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year. For his career, he's averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, numbers muted somewhat by his status as a role player later in his career.  

He has shot 43.6 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three, reinventing himself later in his career as a spot-up shooter. Early in his career, Carter was a dominant scorer who averaged 20 or more points 10 times, and also one of the NBA's most devastating above-the-rim finishers. 

Few players, if any, have a better highlight reel of in-game dunks than Carter:

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Carter is a future Hall of Famer, and it will be a shame if his NBA career ends in such an abrupt and unceremonious fashion. 

"If it ended today—and this day, this end of the season, these last 16 games will be talked about for a very long time—that's something I'll always remember," Carter said. "At least I scored my last basket. It will be a weird-but-cool memory."

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