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Watch: Vince Carter gets standing ovation in potential final game in Toronto

Vince Carter was greeted by a standing ovation when checking in for the Atlanta Hawks during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.

The fact that Carter’s appearance could very well be the soon-to-be 42-year-year-old franchise icon’s last game in Toronto was not lost on Raptors fans in attendance. Even better? Carter drained a three-pointer right after getting on the court in the first quarter.

Now in his 21st NBA season, Carter continues to defy Father Time. While he no longer has the eye-popping hops of his youth, Carter can still get it done on the court — albeit in a much more limited capacity — averaging 7.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.6 minutes per game.

As far as the Raptors are concerned, it cannot be overstated the impact Carter had on the organization in his six-plus seasons in Toronto.

While Tuesday’s game could indeed be Carter’s final appearance in Toronto, he has not ruled out returning for a record 22nd NBA season.

“We’ll see what happens at the end of the year,” Carter said prior to Tuesday’s game, via TSN’s Josh Lewenberg. “I feel good … I’ll weigh my options when it’s done. I’d like to come back and play.”

“When it’s time, it’s time. I’m still toying with that – when that time is going to come,” Carter added. “I do know that when it’s time I will know it, whenever that time is. Believe me, it’ll be crystal clear when it’s time.”