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Vince Carter Announces NBA Retirement After Legendary Career

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after scoring his 25,000th NBA point in the final seconds of their 124-108 loss to the Toronto Raptors at State Farm Arena on November 21, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Vince Carter has decided to hang 'em up for good. 😢

After 22 seasons in the NBA, Carter confirmed on Thursday on his Winging It podcast, produced by The Ringer, that he's "officially done playing basketball professionally."

Many fans expected that the 2019-20 season would be Carter's last when he signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks last summer.

The eight-time All-Star, who's also the only player in NBA history to play a game in four different decades, confessed that while his final year being cut short by the coronavirus pandemic in early March made for a "weird ending," he was able to come to terms with "the bigger picture" leading up to his decision.

"If there was any disappointment because of the season – any of that – it was kind of easier to put it aside and handle it that way," Carter said. "It's like, okay, it's something bigger than my career. ... It's unfortunate, but with the coronavirus taking people's lives rapidly, that's the big picture in my mind. So I was able to put the weird ending – the abrupt stoppage of play, to an ending – aside for the bigger picture."

The Hawks were officially eliminated from the upcoming 22-team restart in Orlando earlier this month, as they hold the league's fourth-worst record (20-47).

Carter's first team, among eight total, the Toronto Raptors, thanked the 1999 Rookie of the Year on Twitter for "laying the foundation of basketball in Canada."

Commissioner Adam Silver also referred to the 2000 Dunk Contest winner as "a true ambassador of the game.''

Yet, it sounds like Carter's three kids could still get that work. "I'll play at home," he said on the podcast.

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