With the NBA coming to Toronto for the first time for its All-Star party, the stock-taking has inevitably included Vince Carter’s star turn 16 years ago in Oakland. As someone who was privileged enough to have been there, sitting baseline behind the basket where Vinsanity truly came to rest by an elbow hanging on the rim, that 2000 slam-dunk final is among the most electric things I’ve ever witnessed.
What’s been less evident in the reminiscing is the backdrop to that Saturday night that came 48 hours after Carter, Tracy McGrady and the rest of the Raptors party left Toronto in Larry Tanenbaum’s private jet. Carter came off the plane and headed pretty much straight to a late-night Sports Illustrated photo shoot. The next morning was an early wakeup call and he was on the move again through the day, and the pace never let up on Saturday nearly right up till showtime.
Any All-Star is going to have to go through this gauntlet of glad-handing and promotional work. But that weekend, CarterRead More »from Remembering the night Vinsanity conquered the business