Coronavirus May Have Ended Vince Carter’s NBA Career Prematurely

Carter nailed a 3-pointer on what may have been the last shot of his 22-year career

Coronavirus May Have Ended Vince Carter's NBA Career
Vince Carter looks on against the Washington Wizards.
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By Evan Bleier / March 12, 2020 12:36 pm

With 13 seconds remaining in the Atlanta Hawks’ 136-131 defeat to the New York Knicks on Wednesday evening, Vince Carter nailed a 3-pointer.

Thanks to the NBA’s decision to suspend the season after that game concluded following Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for coronavirus, that long-range bomb may have been the last bucket of Carter’s career.

Carter, 43, is in the midst of his second campaign with the Atlanta Hawks and has also played for the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.

An eight-time All-Star, Carter began his career in 1999 and is in his 22nd season in the NBA. He’s one of just five players to take the floor in 1,500 or more NBA games. He’s also the only player in NBA history to appear in a game in four different decades

“If it ended today, at least I scored my last basket. It will be a weird but cool memory,” Carter said after the game. “It’s cool. Basketball’s been good to me. I’ve enjoyed each and every moment of it, the good and the bad. If this is it, it’s all good.”

Following the game, Carter also sent out a tweet.

A future Hall of Famer, Carter has averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game over his career.

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