Today in Sports History: October 24

By Brandon Zhu

On October 24, 2019, Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter checked into the game with 6 minutes, 52 seconds left against the Detroit Pistons. In doing so, he became the only NBA player to play in 22 seasons.  It was the last dance for one of the most durable players in NBA history. At the age of 42, Carter had teammates playing alongside him who were born his rookie year. Fellow Atlanta co-star Trae Young explained that the other Hawks players “call him Yoda,” because he “has all the knowledge in the world,” according to Bleacher Report. Carter was known for his immense athleticism and emphatic dunking displays. The legendary player began his career by winning the 1999 Rookie of the Year Award when he averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.5 blocks. Since then he has racked up many other accolades including NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, All-NBA Third Team, All-NBA Second Team, and 8x All-Star. Carter recently signed a multi-year contract with ESPN, serving as an NBA and college basketball analyst.

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