Vince Carter recalls his legendary Slam Dunk Contest performance
In the pantheon of great performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, one stands alone as the most amazing show ever put on during the event.
Carter, who turned 38 last month, is now a role player for the Memphis Grizzlies—out presently with a torn tendon in his foot—but he has fond memories of that night in Oakland in 2000.
Carter pulled off a reverse 360-degree windmill dunk that brought down the house.
"I just said, I’m going to try it," Carter told USA Today. "I felt like I could jump to the moon. I pulled it off and I jumped higher than ever and when I got around for that 360 and saw the rim, I just threw it through."
The follow-up was a soaring honey dip.
"It was one of those things where I wanted to show the people how high I can get above the rim and then I can put my arm in the rim," Carter said. "After that it was just ‘hold on’ and hopefully I’d wow the crowd where it would be silent in the arena."
He finished up the night with a soaring dunk where he took a high-bounce from then-Raptors teammate (and still cousin) Tracy McGrady, pulled the ball between his legs and then threw it through for the big finish.
You can relive all Carter's dunks from the night below:
- Phil Watson