We all remember what a crazy 24 hours March 11, 2020 was, even if it seems like it was a year ago. News came out that Rudy Gobert had tested positive for coronavirus and the league announced that night — with games going on — that it would be suspending the season.
So nobody really knew what was going to happen and if we would even be able to see any type of conclusion to the season. Well, today the NBA is approving its 22-team conclusion to the regular season and playoffs, but the Atlanta Hawks won't be one of the teams vying for a postseason spot in Orlando.
So the crowd that night at State Farm Arena was correct in its guess that those final 20 seconds against the Knicks would be the last of Vince Carter's storied career. So to the crowd's delight, he came off the bench for one final trip down the court and buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Even though he came to Atlanta at a time when the Hawks were down, I'm glad I got to watch Carter in my favorite team's jersey for a couple years — and still had some gas left in the tank. Some team would have kept signing Carter as long as he wanted to play, but he went 22 years and was still a productive role player at the end of his career.
Vinsanity is simply one of the most electrifying players to ever step on a basketball court. Salute.