For the first time in 23 years, the upcoming NBA season won’t have Vince Carter enlisted on any roster. That’s crazy and puts into context just how great and impactful Carter has been throughout the course of NBA history.
Carter recently announced his retirement from professional basketball after some speculation regarding a potential desire to come back for a 23rd season after his campaign was cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
That’s why Air Canada decided to shut those rumors down by staying loyal to his word, considering he had announced that this one would be his final season in the NBA.
Thus, Jason Kidd took on to Twitter to congratulate his former teammate on his great career, claiming he’s next to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame:
— Jason Kidd (@RealJasonKidd) June 25, 2020
Kidd and Carter were teammates in the New Jersey (Brooklyn) Nets from 2004 to 2008 and turned the team into one of the driving forces of the Eastern Conference, even though they could never put the cherry on top of the sundae by winning an NBA Championship.
Still, there’s just no doubt that Vince Carter will have his jersey retired by at least one franchise and that he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as he’s eligible.
I mean, he’s one of five players in NBA history to tally at least 25,000 points, grab over 5,000 rebounds, hand out at least 4,000 assists and knockdown over 500 three-pointers. The other four are Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan.
It’s a shame that Carter’s career didn’t end on a proper matter with a much-deserved farewell but hey, that’s just how life goes sometimes. Thanks for the memories, Vince!