Picture this. A player doing a 360° windmill dunk, a between the legs bounce dunk, and an “elbow in the rim” dunk, all within a span of minutes.
Hard to believe, right? Wrong. Vince Carter did all this and wowed the crowd, en route to winning the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, thus leading to nicknames like “Vinsanity” and “Air Canada.”
An eight-time All-Star, his athleticism has slowly deserted him and he is now a mere shadow of his old self, a liability on defense against the younger and quicker crop of guards. His deal with the Mavericks also expires this summer, thus paving the way for his retirement, after three seasons with them.
After a sparkling college career with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Carter began his journey with the Raptors and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1999. 15 seasons later and having won an Olympic gold with USA basketball, Carter has reached the twilight of his career.Published 12 Dec 2013, 15:55 IST