I gotta say, the final years of Vince Carter's awe-inspiring career have left me with mixed emotions. It's tough to see 'Half Man, Half Amazing' become someone that is realistically 99% average. I would be lying if I said that I didn't find it mildly depressing that I always forget that the superhuman, athletic freak once known as 'Vinsanity' is still in the NBA until the all-too-rare instances in which I tune in to a Memphis Grizzlies matchup. We all selfishly want to see the players that wowed us for so many years go out on the top of their game, and Vince Carter couldn't reach the heights he reached when he was jumping over 7-footers mid-game if you lent him the world's largest ladder.
That said, it's plays like this one that totally makeup for every second of the 81 games and three plus quarters in which Vince Carter is now largely irrelevant. If he could promise me one 360 layup or monstrous posterization a year I would legitimately crowd source Vince Carter's contract well into his 50's. It's absolutely preposterous that a man who was mere hours away from 40 years of age decided to attempt a full revolution in the air before laying the ball in off the glass, never mind the fact that he successfully did so. The smile and sense of nostalgia that a highlight that he used to complete with regularity gave me is well worth watching him ride the pine as the consummate role player. As long as he's still capable of one defiance of gravity per season, I hope Vince Carter keeps flashing that casual, all-too-recognizable smirk from the active roster until he's legally a senior citizen. Happy birthday VC, you're truly the gift that keeps on giving.
P.S. Is having a jaw dropping highlight reel that's over three and a half minutes long despite being made up of only layups one of Vince Carter's most impressive career accomplishments?