Former UNC basketball standout and 8-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter gets standing ovation from Nets fans in final game at Brooklyn
Vince Carter has made his mark on the game of basketball, and NBA fans across the country let him know about it at every stop he makes. The former UNC basketball standout and 8-time NBA All-Star made his final trip to Brooklyn on Sunday night, and the crowd showed their appreciation for the former Nets superstar.
Carter played for the Nets from 2005 to 2009 when New Jersey was still home to the organization. Geography didn’t play a part in the fans’ allegiance to Carter, though, as he received multiple standing ovations throughout his final appearance at the Barclays Center as a member of the opposing team.
The 42-year-old Carter — who turns 43 on January 26 — played 14 minutes in the 108-86 loss to the Nets. He scored eight points on a 3-for-6 shooting performance, including 2-for-5 from three-point range. He also grabbed two rebounds and three steals off the Atlanta bench in what turned out to be a de facto Vince Carter tribute night.
“It’s always great to receive a standing ovation coming into or checking out of the game. It’s always extra special when it’s a team I’ve played for before,” Carter told the New York Post. “To come back here — and some of the other stops I’ve played for — and receive a standing ovation one last time is great.”
Carter is in his NBA-record 22nd season, and he’s the only player in league history to have played in four different decades. He’s scored over 25,000 points for the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings and Hawks. He’ll undoubtedly be remembered as one of, if not the best, dunkers in the history of the sport. He’ll also be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer a few years from now, and will remain one of the league’s most beloved players ever.
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