Vince Carter redefined what was possible above the rim. You could leave a dollar on top of the backboard and he'd make change. But most of all, he was the first guy to make it cool (or even acceptable, at the very the least) to walk around in a Toronto Raptors jersey. And if there was one defining moment that set it all in motion, it was the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2000. He put on a rip-roaring show at Oracle Arena against cousin Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis, following up a swaggering honey-dipper with a breathtaking under-the-leg offering that instantly became the stuff of basketball immortality. And Vince had one simple declaration afterward.
It's over. And Kenny Smith knew it, too.
Perhaps the only thing more downright bananas than the dunk itself? The fact that Vince is still playing right freakin' now at age 43.
Yeah. What have you accomplished today?