Vince Carter retires from NBA after 22 seasons

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(CNN) — After 22 seasons in the NBA, Vince Carter is hanging up his threads and calling it a career.

The 43-year-old on Thursday announced that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally” on his podcast “Winging It With Vince Carter.”

Carter had previously announced that the one-year deal he signed with the Atlanta Hawks for the 2019-2020 season would be his last. However, after the season was abruptly suspended on March 11 due to the pandemic, his playing career was left hanging in the balance.

The NBA announced plans to restart the season in July at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando with 22 teams. However, the Hawks were one of the eight teams that were not invited due to its poor record.

“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,” Carter said on his podcast. “It’s like, OK, it’s something bigger than my career.

“So, I was able to put the weird ending, the abrupt stoppage of play, to an ending aside for the bigger picture.”

Carter began his career in 1998 with the Toronto Raptors, where he won Rookie of the Year in his first season. He would go on to make eight All-Star teams.

The high-flying guard was known for his acrobatic dunks and is widely considered one of the all-time great dunkers. He won the dunk contest in 2000 in one of the greatest showcases in league history.

Across his 22-season career, he played for the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks.

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