Happy 40th Vince Carter ðŸŽŠ

In 1998 a young man by the name of Vincent Lamar Carter would enter the NBA and capture the heart and imagination of the league, and leave a mark that would last a lifetime…

Vince was like nothing the NBA had seen before. His aerial assault on defenders would leave on lookers wide eyed, with their jaws dropped to the floor. Carter’s rookie season only foreshadowed what we would all come to expect for the next 19 seasons. 

Every night, basketball fans would turn to SportsCenter to see what Vince would do next. Playing in Toronto, Vince Carter fans had no choice but to check ESPN and NBA.com religiously. 

By the year 2000 Vince was set to compete in the NBA dunk contest, followed by the summer Olympics. Two events that would solidify him as the greatest dunker of all time, and the release of his first signature shoe, the Nike Shox. 

The King of Nike’s “Boing Dynasty” would inspire generations of basketball players that wanted to be like Vince. The 2000 NBA slam dunk contest is arguably the greatest of all time. Vince’s ensemble of dunks would have won the next 10 dunk contest that followed…

The 2000 Summer Olympics would be the platform Carter would use to takeover the world. Jumping over 7’2″ Fred Weis of France would be one of Vince’s greatest feets, and thee greatest  dunk of all time (in my opinion)!

These days Carter’s game has become more grounded, but fans all over remember the man that stole their hearts 19 years ago, Half-Man Half-Amazing, Air Canada, Vinsanity, Vince Carter. Happy Birthday!


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