Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22-year National Basketball Association career

Carter, who turned 43 in January played his final NBA game

Vince Carter has announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association, bringing an end to a 22-year career - the longest of any player in league history.

The 8-time All-Star played for 8 different teams, most notably with the Toronto Raptors, whom Carter played for in his first seven years in the league, ushering the so-called Vinsanity era.

Carter said he had been discussing a formal retirement since his last game on March 11. but the fact his team was eliminated helped make up his mind. Though he originally planned on playing more games, Carter is still calling it a career.

Carter, 43, announced his retirement on his own podcast, "Winging It."

The Rockets were among the National Basketball Association teams to honor Carter on Thursday with a social media collage of his connections to Houston, starting with a photo of a young Carter shooting over Hakeem Olajuwon - whose final three years with the Rockets coincided with Carter's debut in Toronto. He would eventually play for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and finally with the Hawks.

"Since the end of March, I pretty much felt that it was over and that's kind of how I've handled it", Carter said. However, their season is over as they did not qualify for the NBA's 22-team format for restarting action late next month at Disney World amid the coronavirus. With the National Basketball Association season upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and the league restarting, Carter seems content to continue his broadcasting career with The Ringer network. With 13.4 seconds left in overtime, Carter sunk a 3-pointer.

Carter went on to become one of the most popular Raptors off all time over his six and a half seasons in Canada, winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award in 1999. The most memorable moment of the game belonged to his long-time teammate, Alvin Williams, and not Carter himself.

The suspension of the 2019-20 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic partially led to Carter's decision.

Carter says he's still open to playing celebrity basketball games and things like that - but now, his focus will be on his golf game. Carter checked back into the game at that point, inbounded the ball to Trae Young, then trailed the play as the Hawks headed downcourt.

Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors dunks in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest at the The Arena in Oakland, February 12, 2000.

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