Over the last few years, there has been a strong push to see Vince Carter make his way back to the slam dunk contest. His breathtaking performances nearly two decades ago have still been a fan favorite and elevated him significantly in fan’s graces to an even higher degree. With Carter in what has been deemed his final NBA season, there has been a building push to see him in the event one last time before he retires. That has finally made its way back around to him, which has issued a response on the possibility.
Vince Carter’s only slam dunk contest appearance
During the 2000 All-Star weekend, Carter decided to participate in the slam dunk contest in what became one of the most memorable events in league history.
decided to participate in the slam dunk contest in what became one of the most memorable events in league history.
He stole the show with his impressive and tantalizing dunks that blew the rest of the field away. Carter entered the event with the reputation as being arguably the best dunker in the league, and he more than lived up to that billing.
He started things off with a nonchalant reverse 360 throwdown that blew the lid off the event that Kenny “The Jet” Smith decreed on national broadcast “let’s go home, ladies and gentlemen.” He followed it up with a dunk coming from below the baseline that he threw down viciously.
Carter then added a between the legs dunk after an assisted bounce pass from his teammate/cousin Tracy McGrady that he declared to the camera that it was over. He was far from finished as his next attempt saw him stick his arm into the hoop after a one-handed slam and capped it off with a two-handed dunk from near the free-throw line to seal the deal.
His performance at the event lifted him to enormous popularity around the league while it had a tremendous impact on generations after him. Before Carter, there was never his style of dunks in the slam dunk contest, which remain the standard-bearer in the many years after.
Vince Carter’s response to slam dunk contest return
Before the 2019-20 season, Carter had voiced that his 22nd season would be his last in the league.
That had put forth a strong push to see him back in the event to close out his illustrious career that has been primarily fueled by his teammate Trae Young. However, it appears Carter is set on passing on the opportunity altogether for the 2020 slam dunk contest as voiced that sentiment on the Winging It Podcast.
“No chance,” Carter said.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Carter has stayed firm with that stance throughout his career in the years that followed that iconic performance. He has remained focus on having enough energy to get through the entire 2019-20 campaign without any lingering issues.
Although that is quite disappointing to hear, Carter has provided many timeless memories along the way in his career, and what he did in the 2000 slam dunk contest is one of those.
Vince Carter’s legacy cemented
Regardless if Carter were to compete in the event one last time or not, his legacy is already set as being one of the most exciting players to watch in league history.
The 42-year-old is far removed from the caliber of player he once was, but his longevity along that has seen him play an NBA record 22 seasons speaks to his greatness. Carter may not have had a career full of accolades over the last decade of his career, but he has undoubtedly done more than enough to warrant one day being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
More than anything else, the 2019-20 season is a chance to appreciate further what Carter has done in the NBA for over two decades.