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Trae Young shares heartfelt message as Vince Carter’s career comes to a close

The Atlanta Hawks will be left on the outside looking in according to how the NBA intends to resume the season, and that means the career of Vince Carter will come to an unceremonious and unfulfilling end.

Recognizing as much, Carter’s teammate Trae Young took to Twitter to pay tribute to the NBA icon with a heartfelt message.

Young returned to Twitter a short time later to joke about how it makes him proud that he was behind Carter’s final basket.

And here’s that remarkable play involving Young, one that will close out Carter’s 22-season career in a wonderfully fitting manner.

News arrived Wednesday that NBA commissioner Adam Silver intends to propose that the conclusion of the 2019-20 season will feature a 22-team field, a play-in tournament for the postseason’s final seeds in each conference and a 16-team playoff.

The Hawks had posted a 20-47 record when play was halted, meaning the team would be left out of the season’s resumption as proposed.

Carter has insisted has no regrets over how his playing time in the NBA will end without a title. What was more important to Carter was the relationships he cultivated with his many teammates over two-plus decades.

Given Young’s tweeted tribute Wednesday and what he had to say about Carter last month, Vinsanity’s legacy is unquestionably assured in that regard. What’s more, Carter has big goals for the next chapter in his life now that his playing career is over, and those plans suggest we haven’t seen the last of the NBA legend.