The NBA’s imminent return is definitely good news, but the circumstances do mean that one legendary career has come to an end.
With the Atlanta Hawks not among the 22 teams poised to return to action in July, veteran forward Vince Carter’s career is over. Carter, 43, had announced he would retire after this season, and does not appear set to change his mind despite the abrupt way the Hawks’ campaign will end.
Trae Young, who spent the first two years of his career playing with Carter, paid tribute to his mentor on Wednesday after the news became official.
Never wanted this day to come OG… 22 years playing at high level at the highest level is mind blowing… but you did it fam , All the Memories & Locker room talks will be with me forever !! THANK YOU @mrvincecarter15 #Vinsanity pic.twitter.com/CzCpZoa227
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 3, 2020
This is an unfortunate way for Carter’s career to end — and a strange one, as he himself has acknowledged.
Due to the abrupt suspension of the season in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, he didn’t really get the chance to say a proper farewell. Perhaps he will in time, but it doesn’t look like he’s changing his mind about hanging up his sneakers.
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The contest was not held in 1998 and 1999.