Vince Carter Getting Emotional Realizing He May Have Played His Final NBA Game Will Make You Cry Into Your Medical Mask

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At this point, each one of our lives have been touched by the coronavirus in a very real way. Maybe your work shut down offices, or your upcoming vacation is in limbo, or you’re trying to figure out an event to get drunk to mid-week if March Madness is canceled.

For NBA fans, one of these This Shit Is Real moments came last night upon realizing that one of the game’s greatest players for 20+ years will likely be forced into an unceremonious retirement.

Vince Carter deserved more than this.

Vinsanity’s final game of his 22-year career likely occurred in a 136-131 loss to the Knicks, a justified farewell tour cut short by an insidious virus.

Still, in the final moments of Wednesday’s game, the 43-year-old found a way to make an ultimately meaningless game memorable.

After the game, Vince Carter grew emotional over the possibility of playing the final game of his career, so I did too.

Can’t imagine the feeling of showing up to the arena having no idea you’re playing your final NBA game. Two decades of being the most beloved figure in the NBA cumulates in a mid-March loss to the Knicks. Vince deserved better, and the NBA world acknowledges this.

Half-man, Half-amazing indeed.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.