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Filling the Void: Vince Carter is Slam Dunk King

The man flirts with perfection.

NBA Rim by Justin Smith is licensed under CC BY SA-3.0

Filling the Void: Vince Carter is Slam Dunk King

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It’s a weird time in which we’re living. We’re all sitting in quarantine wondering how many times we can clean our kitchens, watch Space Jam, and if twiddling our thumbs is a viable way to pass time. In New York, we’ve been banging pots and pans, clapping, and cheering those who are fighting this virus on the front lines every night at 7PM. Here at The Turf, we’re immensely thankful for all essential workers and what they’re doing to prevent the spread and keep us all as safe as possible. In return, the best we can think to do is revisit sports history and find ways to keep you all entertained. We have to fill that void somehow, right?

I’m not sure if you know this, but Vince Carter is an absolute beast. This is supposed to have been his final season in the NBA, and what a weird way to waltz into retirement. He came into the league with the Raptors in 1998 and was a legitimate force for the first half of his two decade career. He hunted the basket and became a human highlight reel.

Enter the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest

The 2000 Slam Dunk Contest in Oakland, California? Sure, it may have begun with Larry Hughes missing a dunk, but it finished with a flourish. Hughes joined Vince, Tracy McGrady, Ricky Davis (lol, Ryan MacPherson), Steve Francis, and Jerry Stackhouse. Together they provided what I think is one of the most entertaining events in all of sports.

Some things to look out for in this one? The unveiling of the dunk meter. Shaq with a camcorder. That 2000 Rockets away jersey on Steve Francis. Vince’s victory lap BEFORE slamming home that reverse 360 windmill, and the reactions coming from KG, Dikembe Mutombo, and the rest of the All-Stars on the floor and in the stands.

Vince said he was “winging it” in the first round. He also said he was bringing four slam dunks nobody had seen before. And boy, did he not disappoint. The inbound spin. Between the legs, one-handed off the pass from T-Mac. The elbow-deep dunk. Two-handed from near the charity stripe? See for yourself.

Stay home. Stay safe. Wash your hands.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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