Vince Carter turned 40 on Thursday, but on Wednesday night proved yet again that for him on the basketball court, age truly is just a number.
Against the Raptors on the eve of his birthday, Carter unleashed an excellent layup in the second quarter, in which he spins 360 degrees around a defender beneath the basket before laying in a reverse. The highlight would be worthy of ESPN’s “Top Ten” plays even before you consider that Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA.
Check it out for yourself:
Perhaps most amazingly of all, Carter’s layup is a splitting image of a similar 360 reverse layup he nailed against the Raptors 12 years ago, way back when the Nets still played in New Jersey.
Here is the comparison:
This is Carter’s 19th season, and he continues to produce for a solid Grizzlies team. His athleticism, at 40, is better than a sizeable portion of guys two decades younger than him.
Never retire, Vince.
Vince Carter vs. Raptors (February, 2005)
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