After twenty-two seasons in the NBA, the legendary Vince Carter has announced his retirement. The 43-year-old delivered the news during an appearance on the "Winging It With Vince Carter" podcast, where he confirmed, he was "officially done playing basketball professionally."

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After signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, who did not qualify for the NBA's yet-to-be-launched post-season, Carter took a moment to address the abrupt conclusion to his final season. "If there was any disappointment because of the season -- any of that -- it was kind of easier to put it aside and handle it that way," he explained. "It's like, OK, it's something bigger than my career...It's unfortunate, but with the coronavirus taking people's lives rapidly, that's the big picture in my mind. So I was able to put the weird ending -- the abrupt stoppage of play, to an ending -- aside for the bigger picture."

Originally beginning his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors in 1998, Carter quickly became a fan favorite through his creativity, intensity, and mastery of the slam dunk. Aside from securing the 1999 Rookie Of The Year and winning the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, Carter lead by example on the court to the point where he currently stands as the NBA's 19th leading scorer. 

Following the news, the Atlanta Hawks shared kind words of support and gratitude for his contributions. Many took to social media to share their favorite Vince Carter memories, a testament to his legacy and impact. Congratulations to Vince Carter on a legendary career, and may his retirement be a great one! 

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