Want to feel very, very old? No? Too bad. Because in a month and a half, Vince Carter’s dunk contest performance will officially be a teenager, as 13 years will have passed since that legendary showing. It seems like just yesterday that Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley were cuddling on the other end of the court while Jerry Stackhouse was trying to follow up Vince’s groundbreaking 360 with a 360 of his own. Those were the days.
But if you feel old about this, imagine how Vince feels? It’s probably why he still has that beard. And it’s definitely why he couldn’t stop talking about how great it felt to have working legs again for all of his dunks last night. From the AP:
”The body felt good. Sometimes when I go to dunk, the next couple of plays, I’ll stay away from the rim. So, I felt good. I was in attack mode. Those were plays that were needed,” Carter said.
Same with his coach.
”He shows flashes of those things more frequently than you might think. The play to open the game was a key play for us because it kind of woke our whole team up and I thought it got us going in the right direction. The play at the end of the game was pivotal because I thought it sealed the game,” Carlisle said.
”He said to me coming off the court during the timeout, he goes: ‘Bet you didn’t think I could do that.’
And same with his opponents.
”We had a great start. They have experience, they have good players right there. We wake up the beast, Nowitzki started making shots. Vince Carter looked like the young Vince Carter,” Washington forward Nene said.
When a dunking legend like Vince Carter actually graces the rim with his presence, everyone kind of stops and appreciates it. Even if he’s admitting he kind of just settles for one dunk because he doesn’t want to stress his body out too much while his coach swears he can still do the things he used to do, it’s still fun to see Vince Carter throw one down and remember that is was actually cool to like Vince Carter for a little bit. Considering this happened at the turn of the century, it’s like finding a fossil, only it is living and breathing. So basically, it’s “Jurassic Park 4,” is what I’m saying.
Of course, now that he dunked more than once in the same game, Vince is probably good on slams for a while. Hope you enjoyed it while you could because, like “Jurassic Park” sequels, these kind of landmark events don’t come around all that often. Three-and-a-half stars out of four.