The day of February 12, 2000 started as any other normal day would.
Oakland awoke to a chilly and rainy morning. With the NBA All-Star Weekend in town, basketball stars, coaches and legends had descended upon the Bay Area to partake in the festivities.
Few knew that the 2000 dunk contest would be perhaps the best performance of athletic ability in modern history.
It started, and ended, with Vince Carter’s performance.
The winner of the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, Carter had established himself as a superstar in the making in Toronto. His dazzling dunks made him a crowd favorite and he was named an Eastern Conference starter during the All-Star game.
But it was his performance in the dunk contest that made him a legend.
On this date in 2000, Vince Carter became Vinsanity at the dunk contest. pic.twitter.com/zOtK2VKH6b
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 12, 2018
Vince Carter became “Vinsanity” on that day, earning the trophy over Toronto teammate Tracy McGrady and Houston’s Steve Francis.
From there Carter became a star, winning a gold medal with the United States at the Summer Olympics and being named to eight more All-Star teams during the course of his career.
Of course, Carter isn’t done yet. At 41, he still has juice left in the tank.
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