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.
Vince Carter checks in to a standing ovation in Toronto and gets right on the board with the triple! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/4AAdsI8SyA— NBA (@NBA) January 9, 2019
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.
Tonight could be Vince Carter’s last trip to Toronto. Never forget his 7 years up North:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 9, 2019
1999 Rookie of the Year
Helped the Raptors to their first ever playoff appearance in 2000
Threw down arguably the most memorable jam ever in the 2000 Dunk Contest pic.twitter.com/LdTHVM7o80
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.”
Before the season, Vince had said there’s a “90-something %” chance this would be his last, but he goes back and forth on it all the time. “I try to imagine myself saying ‘this is it’ and I can’t imagine it right now… I honestly don’t know.”— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 8, 2019
“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.”