Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young with teammate and mentor Vince Carter. Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY 

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.

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.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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