Vince Carter reveals that even he couldn’t believe how he’d dunked over 7’2″ Frederic Weiss. ‘Air Canada’ made this dunk at the 2000 Olympics.
The NBA is now, and always has been ‘where amazing happens’. Vince Carter is one of those players for whom this notion rings completely true. The man was a different breed when it came to dunking.
Carter had the most dominant Slam Dunk contest showing at the 2000 All-Star Weekend. He followed that season up with an Olympic gold medal and possibly the greatest highlight in Olympics history.
Commonly dubbed as the ‘Dunk of Death’ in the years since, Vince made a tomahawk dunk for Team USA over France. If you’ve never seen this highlight before, you’ve probably been missing out a bit on life.
(2000) Vince Carter dunks over 7’2″ Frédéric Weis in the USA vs. France Olympics.
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Vince Carter reveals that he was in awe of himself after watching replays of his dunk
Carter joined Amin Elhassan, Ros Gold-Onwude and Harper for an interview April 1 on SiriusXM NBA Radio. The Vinsanity era came to an end last year after his final spell for the Atlanta Hawks.
He gave a ton of insight into the state of the NBA today, and how it has evolved through his playing time. Harper went on to ask about his dunking exploits, to which VC responded enthusiastically:
“I literally watched it seven times in awe of myself. I didn’t think that could happen, I just see a line and jump. And once I realize the rim is a little farther away, like ‘Hey brother, that’s not the NBA paint,’ now my focus was there, more so than the player.”
“So that’s why I didn’t realize it. Not realizing (Weis) was still standing there. I remember the initial bump with the left arm. And that was it because at that time, at that moment, I’m worried about not making it.”
“Am I about to make a Sprite commercial right here? You guys are laughing, but that’s the god honest truth. I’m like, ‘I’m about to get hung (on the rim).’ ”