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Former NBA All-Star’s home was burglarized on Father’s Day

Vince Carter looking ahead

Nov 30, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter (15) warms up prior to the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter’s Atlanta home was burglarized on Sunday, and the former NBA player says a good amount of cash was taken during the theft.

According to an incident report, Sondi Carter, Vince Carter’s wife, told police officers that she heard “loud noises” in front of their home as she laid in bed with her twins sons. She then took her sons to hide in the bedroom closet once she heard the suspects enter the home.

According to the report, Sondi Carter called 911 while in the closet and sent a text to a neighbor patrol while on the phone with dispatch.

“Ms. Carter stated she could hear the unknown suspects come upstairs and rummage through their belongings in different rooms while she hid,” the report said.

The report also said that the suspects entered the Carter home via a window on the first level, which officers found broken in after arriving at the scene. Police recovered $16,100 on the ground in front of the home, which Vince Carter (referred to as “Ms. Carter’s husband” in the report) told police was a small portion of over $100,000 that was missing.

Two firearms were also recovered. One belonged to Carter, while the other may have belonged to the suspects.

Carter played in the NBA from 1998-2020. The former No. 5 overall pick made eight All-Star teams during his lengthy career. He played for eight different teams and concluded his career with the Atlanta Hawks.

H/T USA TODAY

Vince Carter helps reveal Rookie of the Year award to Scottie Barnes

Scottie Barnes dribbles

Mar 9, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) dribbles in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since 1999, a Toronto Raptors player has been named the NBA’s top rookie. The 1999 winner helped make the announcement for the 2022 winner.

Raptors forward Scottie Barnes on Saturday was officially named the 2021-2022 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year by the NBA.

Barnes beat out Cleveland’s Evan Mobley by just 15 points, the narrowest margin of victory in the almost two decades that the NBA has conducted voting in its current format.

Barnes garnered 48 first-place votes, while Mobley received 43. Detroit’s Cade Cunningham came in third place with nine first-place votes.

Barnes is the third player in Raptors history to win the award, joining Vince Carter (1999) and Damon Stoudamire (1996).

The Raptors had a unique way of informing Barnes that he had won the award.

The team posted a video on Twitter Saturday that showed Barnes and his teammates watching a surprise video from Carter.

Carter spoke about how much he enjoyed watching Barnes play this year, as well as his own history winning the award, before delivering the good news to Barnes.

“I was able to win the 1998 Rookie of the Year award trophy, great memories man,” Carter said in the pre-recorded message.

“I want to give you some quick Raptors history if I could, since we’re on the subject. Did you know it’s only been three Raptors players in franchise history to win this award? Damon Stoudamire, me and a 6-foot-7 rookie from West Palm Beach, Florida. My fellow Florida player, Scottie Barnes.”

Barnes, the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, had a tremendous season for the Raptors. He averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Vince Carter says Robert Sarver once instructed Suns players to take him out

Robert Sarver in the stands

Amid the allegations that have emerged against Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, one retired NBA legend is adding his story to the mix.

Speaking Thursday on ESPN’s “NBA Today,” Vince Carter, who briefly played for the Suns, offered his own troublesome anecdote about Sarver.

“I’ve heard and kinda experienced this as a player coming back after I played there,” said Carter. “He walked into the locker room, from what I was told from two teammates that are reliable and [I] trust in what they say. He wasn’t happy with me playing well coming back into Phoenix.

“We were winning the game and he wanted them to take me out,” Carter went on. “Put me on the ground. ‘Don’t let him have fun in our building.’ He felt like I was trying to show him and the team up.”

Carter played in Phoenix during the 2010-11 season. CBS Sports adds that the game in question took place in Jan. 2012. Carter, who was now with the Dallas Mavericks, scored 15 points in the first half in an eventual 122-99 blowout win for the Mavs.

The 60-year-old Sarver, who has owned the Suns since 2004, is under fire after ESPN published a bombshell piece on Thursday. The story alleged that he has fostered a culture of racism, sexism, and overall toxicity in Phoenix. The NBA is now expected to launch an investigation into the allegations.

Photo: Jan 22, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver reacts against the Indiana Pacers in the first half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter reportedly joining ESPN as NBA analyst

Vince Carter recently completed his final season as an NBA player, but he’s not stepping away from the game.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Carter will join ESPN as an NBA analyst. It’s not yet clear if he’ll be used in the studio or if he’ll do commentary for games.

Carter has long planned a broadcasting career once he retired from playing. He completed the NBPA’s “SportsCaster U” program and has even done previous work for ESPN and Turner. He even told Marchand in a 2019 interview that he was already planning his style of broadcasting.

“I wouldn’t go (the) Stephen A. (Smith) route,” Carter said last July. “I wouldn’t go the quiet route. … I want to explain the game where you are watching it and say: Ah, that makes sense.”

Carter is an NBA icon and a future Hall of Famer. His name alone will add weight to whatever he broadcasts. If his stories are half as good as one of his new colleague’s, he’ll be a hit.

Hawks owner Tony Ressler honors Vince Carter with full-page ad

Vince Carter will never be best remembered for his tenure with the Atlanta Hawks, but the franchise went out of its way to pay tribute to him after he announced his retirement.

Carter was honored by Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler with a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carter spent the last two years of his iconic career with the Hawks. While he wasn’t a huge contributor to the stat sheet, averaging just five points per game off the bench this season, he clearly helped the team’s young players immensely. Just ask Trae Young what the experience of sharing a locker room with Carter meant to him.

This is a neat gesture by Ressler and the Hawks. It’s not every day you get to say farewell to a future Hall of Famer, even if they didn’t make their name with your franchise.

Vince Carter confirms he is retiring from the NBA

Vince Carter planned on the 2019-20 season being his last in the NBA, but there was some speculation that the future Hall of Famer could come back for another year after the season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though he originally planned on playing more games, Carter is still calling it a career.

Carter confirmed on the “Winging It” podcast this week that he has played his final game in the NBA.

“I’m officially finished playing basketball,” he said. “I’m officially done playing basketball professionally.”

The 43-year-old Carter said he is still open to playing in charity events and exhibitions, but his pro career is over. He called the season being cut short a “weird ending,” but he added that his love for playing golf has made the decision easier.

Carter would have taken part in the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando, but the Atlanta Hawks are not among the 22 teams that were invited. After the season was postponed, Hawks star Trae Young had a classy tribute to Carter.

Carter played 22 seasons in the NBA. He was named an All-Star eight times and won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award with the Toronto Raptors in 1999. He is currently 19th on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list with 25,728 points.

Trae Young plays tribute to retiring Vince Carter after Hawks’ season ends

The NBA’s imminent return is definitely good news, but the circumstances do mean that one legendary career has already come to an end.

With the Atlanta Hawks not among the 22 teams poised to return to action in July, Vince Carter’s career is over. The forward had announced he would retire after the season, and does not appear set to change his mind despite the abrupt way the Hawks’ campaign will end.

Trae Young, who spent the first two years of his career playing with Carter, paid tribute to his mentor on Wednesday after the news became official.

This is an unfortunate way for Carter’s career to end — and a strange one, as he himself has acknowledged. Due to the abrupt suspension of the season in March, he didn’t really get the chance to say a proper farewell. Perhaps he will in time, but it doesn’t look like he’s changing his mind about hanging them up.

Vince Carter breaks bad news to fan over supposed autograph

Vince Carter broke some bad news to a Toronto Raptors fan/media member on Tuesday night in pretty humorous fashion.

The Athletic sent a tweet on Tuesday asking followers to share the most random piece of sports memorabilia they own. Tas Melas, best known as a host of the recent NBA TV show “The Starters,” shared a photo of a signed program by Vince Carter.

Unfortunately, that $125 autographed program Melas bought actually features Alvin Williams’ signature.

Williams played in the NBA from 1997-2007 and was with the Raptors for eight seasons, where he teamed with Carter.

Melas says he now understands why he was the only bidder on the item at the silent auction.

Maybe Carter will hook up Melas with a fresh autograph to make up for it.

Video: Vince Carter talks about possibly playing last NBA game

Vince Carter has been playing 22 seasons in the NBA and has known for a while that his career was coming close to an end. Now he sees it possibly coming to an end for unforeseen reasons, and it caused him to reflect.

Carter spoke on Wednesday night about possibly playing his last career game.

Carter has played in 60 games for the Hawks this season and the fans were chanting for him at the end of Wednesday’s overtime loss to the New York Knicks. The Atlanta Hawks veteran checked in with under 20 seconds left and made a three with 13.4 seconds left.

The NBA has now suspended its season indefinitely, which has Carter thinking this might have been his last game.

Frederic Weis hilariously offers to join Vince Carter in Dunk Contest

If Vince Carter makes it back to the Dunk Contest this year, he may have some help from the man who was on the receiving end of his most famous slam.

Retired French basketball player Frederic Weis took to Twitter this week to hilariously suggest that the NBA allow him and Carter to recreate their famous moment in the 2000 Olympics during this year’s Dunk Contest.

Carter famously jumped over the 7-foot-2 Weis at the Sydney Games that year in a poster jam that went down in history as “The Dunk of Death.”

Fellow French player Evan Fournier of the Orlando Magic was one of many who got a kick out of Weis’ offer.

This week has seen some star players calling for the soon-to-be 43-year-old Carter to get one final shot at the Dunk Contest. An appearance together with the now-42-year-old Weis would certainly be one heck of a sight to behold.