Vince Carter reflects on possibly playing final game of career
Vince Carter conceivably could have played the final game of his iconic career on Wednesday night after the NBA suspended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic. To no surprise, the 22-year veteran was left emotional by the realization he may never take the court again.
During a press conference following the Atlanta Hawks’ 136-131 loss to the New York Knicks, Carter reflected upon the bizarre way in which his career may have so abruptly come to an end.
“It’s a weird way to say I’m calling it a career.”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 12, 2020
Vince Carter reflects on what might have been his final NBA game. pic.twitter.com/VcWlKdQAgV
“It’s just weird,” Carter said. “As we were being briefed on everything … I’m sitting there, like, ‘All right, this is it. Like that. It ended like that.’ Probably tonight, I’ll reflect, like, ‘Golly, this is weird, man.'”
Carter later took to Twitter to add further thoughts on the strange set of circumstances and offer his gratitude to all who have supported him this past two-plus decades.
Such a weird night but I am truly thankful for each and every person during this 22yr journey.— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) March 12, 2020
If this is really it, I thank everyone for your love and support for all these years.
The World Health Organization declared on Wednesday that the novel coronavirus outbreak is now considered a pandemic.
As sports leagues scramble to make sense of how to best approach the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA was left with no choice but to temporarily suspend the season after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The fact that fellow Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has now been diagnosed with the coronavirus only lends to the stark reality of the situation and how an abundance of caution is critical.
How the NBA will ultimately handle the situation obviously remains in flux, but for now it’s believed the league will resume the season at some point.
All that being said, if Wednesday night’s game was indeed Carter’s last, he wrapped up his career with an apropos flourish.
With the NBA season suspended until further notice, Vince Carter checks in and drills a three in the final seconds. pic.twitter.com/XLW1t7uIjW— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
It’s of course difficult to predict exactly how things may or may not play out as the sports world waits out what government agencies, world health officials and the like ultimately determine is the safest course of action going forward.