When you hear the name Michael Jordan, you quickly start to think about the decades ago and mostly who played with him and have retired but, its not the case for Vince Carter.
On Sunday, Vince Carter, 42, became the first NBA player to have a career spanning four decades after he featured against the Indiana Pacers.
Carter who now plays for the Atlanta Hawks made his debut in the ’90s (1999), and has starred in every decade since – the nineties, 2010’s and now the 2020’s.
To put it into further context, 36 current NBA players – including four of his team-mates (Bruno Fernando, Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish) – were born after Carter was first drafted.
“I’m just very thankful to still be around and competing at this level,” Carter told Yahoo Sports.
Vince Carter has played alongside and against some of the Greats of NBA
“I saw a picture of one of my team-mates by the name of Hakeem Olajuwon [who is now 56] and the other was Trae [Young, who is 21] and it’s just like, man, as much as I talk to people and handshake with former friends who are now general managers, coaches, whatever they are, I can say I played against Michael Jordan and stuff like that and now I’m playing against the Trae Youngs and all the stars of today.
“I’m probably more competitive now because I know the end is near. I never imagined playing this long.
“I got to 15 years and I still felt good and here I am seven years later. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
It’s not the first time Carter has made history. In August, Carter became the first person to play 22 NBA seasons after signing a one-year contract to return to the Hawks.
The decision meant he became the longest-tenured NBA player, surpassing the members of the 21-season club – Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis and Robert Parish.
Vince Carter played for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets, and currently with the Atlanta Hawks.
After 21 seasons in the NBA, longtime star Vince Carter has yet to win any NBA Championship rings. He hasn’t participated in the NBA Finals either but came pretty close in one particular season.
That was back in the 2001 NBA Playoffs. Carter’s Toronto Raptors went seven games with Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Author: Moses Echodu
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