Putting Canadian Basketball on the Map is Vince Carter’s NBA Legacy
On Wednesday evening, we may have seen the last of Vince Carter.
As the league was set to get suspended indefinitely, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce summoned Vince Carter into the game for the final few seconds of overtime.
With no knowledge of what the future holds, the contest between the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks may have been the last we see of Vince Carter on an NBA court. The 43-year old veteran has played in each of the last four decades and has said that he would retire from the game at the conclusion of the regular season.
With the NBA season suspended until further notice, Vince Carter checks in and drills a three in the final seconds. pic.twitter.com/XLW1t7uIjW
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
Given the ball as the game clock was winding down, Carter pulled up for a three-pointer and drilled it in what could quite possibly been the final make in what has been a legendary, Hall of Fame career – a career that started north of the border.
In his time in Toronto, Carter evolved into a superstar.
He was bigger than the game itself and single-handedly put the game of basketball on the map in the country of Canada. Although his exit from the team was disappointing, the lasting legacy that he has left behind cannot be disputed. Carter is by no means the greatest Raptor ever, but a case can be made that he is the most important Raptors of all time for the way he influenced an entire country.
If Wednesday was in fact the last we see of Vinsanity, here are his top-5 greatest moments as a Toronto Raptor.
5. Onions! Baby, Onions!
4. Rookie of the Year
3. First Playoff Series Win
2. Career Night
1. It’s Over!