The culmination of the great Julius Erving documentary The Doctor is when Doc, 60 years old, rises up to thrown down a slam in an empty gym. The idea? That Gravity still hasn’t caught up with Erving, even after all these decades on earth.
Well NBA legend and dunk genius Vince Carter is only 44. But here’s the thing: gravity doesn’t even know Carter’s address — gravity just seems like it will never ever track Vince Carter down. Here is Carter taking dunk requests at the Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena during the NBA Finals.
He delivers a backwards 180-degree spin slam without having his dress shirt get fully untucked. He may take off his jacket, but those are still his custom tailored suit pants he’s wearing, with his shirt buttoned all the way up. Check back in 16 years, when they make the Vince Carter at 60 documentary. See if gravity has made any progress. Next year will be Carter’s last in the NBA.