Vince Carter's washed sneakers are a metaphor for life

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/sac/" data-ylk="slk:Sacramento Kings">Sacramento Kings</a> guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3248/" data-ylk="slk:Vince Carter">Vince Carter</a> reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during the second half against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/okc/" data-ylk="slk:Oklahoma City Thunder">Oklahoma City Thunder</a> in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Thunder won 110-107. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Thunder won 110-107. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Vince Carter’s shoes have become a metaphor for the passage of time. Against Oklahoma City, Carter opted to rock his 2004 Shox VC 4’s.  After any hope of a Vinsanity-Raptors reunion dissipated this week, this became Carter’s latest method of living in the past and it seemed to be a sound decision early on.

There’s no telling how much wear Vince had on the pair or how long he’s owned them. They may also be part of Nike’s retro release of the Shox line or Carter continuing his futile attempts to convince Nike they should retro his sneaker line but it didn’t seem to matter.

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In the second quarter, Vince Carter, pump faked Patrick Peterson out of his own shoes, infiltrated the paint, rose up, cocked it back and gingerly flushed the rock.

However, the Shox VC 4’s met a timely death while Carter, 41, attempted to guard Jerami Grant and the sole of his sneakers exploded. All we can hope is that his sole find peace in its next life, but as they flapped haphazardly on the end of Carter’s feet, it represented an entire generation who are unable to realize they’re now washed.


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DJ Dunson is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at dunsnchecksin@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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