Title: VINCE CARTER STILL HAS IT
Date: November 16, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice Canada, I wrote about Vince Carter treating Father Time like Frederic Weis early in the 2016-17 season.
Marc Gasol fired a bounce pass to a forgotten Vince Carter along the baseline, and after Carter took a single dribble toward the middle of the floor, Rudy Gobert sent his hook shot back several feet. It was the type of depressing moment that’s almost expected when a former superstar continues as long as Carter has, one of the league’s foremost stars now turned its elder statesman.
Carter, though, collected Gobert’s block and quickly released a fadeaway as the Utah Jazz center attempted to nudge him into retirement a second time. The shot found the bottom of the basket. So, too, would a pull-up 3-pointer in transition less than a minute later. Then a wing three off of a baseline curl would do the same. And then an impossible driving hook shot through contact over Derrick Favors the next quarter. And another three on what appeared to be a broken play, the Jazz and their eighth-ranked defense unable to contain the player once known as Half-Man, Half-Amazing.
By the end of Monday’s game, Carter had 20 points to help lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 102-96 victory. Fittingly, his final field goal of the night came on a dunk cutting baseline. On a night Carter completely turned back the clock, he almost had to cap things off with the type of play that made him the league’s most must-see attraction a decade and a half ago.