Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vince Carter’s farewell tour was cut short in March. The 2019-20 season was Vince’s 22nd, a record in the NBA. Carter announced this would be his last season when he signed another 1-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
In this overtime game against the New York Knicks, news spread that Jazz Forward had contracted the coronavirus and the league would halt games after that night. The Hawks stormed back from 23 points down to force the overtime, but the Knicks pulled away. With 19.5 seconds left, the State Farm Arena crowd started chanting “we want Vince”. Atlanta Coach Lloyd Pierce realized this could be the end of Carter’s career and promptly called VC off the bench.
After Julius Randle sunk his 2nd free throw, Trae Young dribbled the ball up the court with no resistance. Trae handed the ball to a trailing Carter, who rose up from 26-feet. Out of respect, the Knicks walked away from Vince to make sure he got an open look. The crowd erupted as Carter’s final shot drifted through the net. Later in June, the NBA announced a return to play with only 22 playoff eligible teams hooping at Disney World. This announcement would officially seal Carter’s hall-of-fame career.
The sneaker Vince rocked for the final game of his career was the Nike Shox BB4. The Shox pillar technology provides shock absorption to the wearer for solid impact protection. A TPU plate above the pillars acted as stabilizer for the foam pillars, with varying density foam used to create a bouncy sensation. This was famously used in the series of “boing” ads led by Vince for the Shox BB4.
Carter’s black and red colorway in this moment can be found HERE.
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