With the NBA suspending its season, there is a chance that the career of Vince Carter—who plans to retire this summer—may have ended last night.
If Wednesday night's loss to the Knicks is the last time we see Vince, he went out with a bang, drilling a pull-up three on his final field goal attempt.
Atlanta head coach Lloyd Pierce joined John Fricke and Hugh Douglas on Thursday morning and spoke about the possibility of Carter never stepping on the floor again.
"The fans just start chanting his name, thankful for the fans reminding me there was still an opportunity to get him out there, it was a no brainer," admits Pierce. "We have a play that we can get a guy a shot, to see him come in off the bench and knock a three, made a statement. An exclamation point, hopefully not the end of this career, but if it is what a great ending."
“It is a weird way to say I’m calling it a career,” Carter acknowledged in his post-game comments. Though Wednesday's defeat may have been an anticlimactic way for Carter to go out (he logged five points in 13 minutes off the bench), the shoo-in Hall of Famer and veteran of 22 NBA seasons has no regrets. “Basketball has been good to me. I’ve enjoyed each and every moment of it, good and bad.” An eight-time All-Star, Carter ranks 19th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (25,728 points) and sixth all-time in three-pointers made with 2,290 career buckets from beyond the arc.