In August, Vince Carter impacted the world forever when he consented to a one-year agreement to come back to the Atlanta Hawks to play in his 22nd season, outperforming the individuals from the prodigious 21-season club (Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis, and Robert Parish) as the longest-tenured NBA player.
However, that wasn’t the only significant achievement on the table. As indicated by Elias Sports Bureau research, when the 42-year-old Carter stepped on the court Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers, he became the first NBA player to show up in a game in four different decades. The phrase “like a fine wine” comes to mind.
For context, 36 players who have played at least one minute in the NBA this season were born after Carter made his NBA debut, including Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic. It’s likewise significant that the year Carter debuted (1999), the San Antonio Spurs and second-year player Tim Duncan won their first of five NBA titles, defeating the 8-seed New York Knicks in the Finals.
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Carter is one of just five staying active players in the four significant North American sports who appeared during the 1990s. The others? Adam Vinatieri (NFL), Patrick Marleau (NHL), Joe Thornton (NHL) and Zdeno Chara (NHL). That’s right, the decade is formally five legends short of being decreased to an “I Love The ’90s” VH1 special.
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