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After 22 seasons in the NBA Vince Carter is officially saying goodbye to basketball!
22 seasons in the making. Happy retirement, @mrvincecarter15!
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 25, 2020
On Thursday Vince Carter, 43, announced his retirement on his podcast, Winging It With Vince Carter” stating he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”
After 22 years, Vince Carter has announced his retirement.
— It’s #NBADesktop Friday! (@ringernba) June 25, 2020
On March 11 the Atlanta Hawks matched up against the New York Knicks. This epic night will forever be remembered because the NBA would later suspend the season due to COV-19 making this Carter’s final game.
In the final seconds in the game the fans began to chant “We want Vince!”
Carter came off the bench and sunk a 3-pointer to close out the 136-131 overtime loss to New York.
In the post game presser Carter said, “In my mind, I have 15 games of eligibility remaining. If not, I’m at one with it.”
Carter is the only player in NBA history to play 22 seasons and in four different decades from his debut in 1998 with the Toronto Raptors.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 25, 2020
Carter also played for the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings before spending the final two seasons of his career with the Hawks.
The Atlanta Hawks released a statement on Carter’s retirement. “Over the last two years, Vince Carter has been a committed leader, respected mentor and influential example on the court, in the locker room and in the Atlanta community. Throughout his historic 22-year journey covering an unprecedented four different decades, his evolving career arc was perhaps like none other in league history – from Top 5 Draft Pick to Rookie of the Year to Slam Dunk Champion to superstar and eight-time All-Star to Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year and valuable role player. It’s an honor to the Hawks organization that he completed his Hall-of-Fame career wearing Atlanta across his chest and representing our city.”
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) June 26, 2020