If Vince Carter were a drink, he’d be an Old Fashioned. Vince Carter’s high school yearbook starts with the Book of Genesis. Burger King was still a prince when Vince Carter started playing basketball.
All subpar old jokes aside, Vince Carter is a legend and trailblazer in the game of basketball. After 21 years, Vinsanity is still churning along as he’ll play another NBA season, this time with the Atlanta Hawks.
At 41 years young, Carter will play for the eighth team of his career when he rolls into Atlanta. The Hawks are coming off a dismal 24-58 season and finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference in 2017.
After being drafted No. 5 overall by the Dallas Mavericks, then immediately traded to Atlanta for Luka Dončić, Twitter lit up with the disparity in age between Atlanta’s polar-opposite main attractions.
On June 24, 1998, the Golden State Warriors drafted North Carolina guard Vince Carter fifth overall and was traded to the Toronto Raptors for fourth-overall pick Antwan Jamison.
The rest is nothing but a long, long history.
In honor of Vincent Lamar Carter’s 21st NBA season, let’s look at some things that are younger than Vinsanity’s historic NBA Career.
The multinational technology company launched on September 4, 1998. Today, Google.com is the most visited website on the planet, employs over 85,000 people and is also its own verb.
2. BlackBerrys and iPhones
The first BlackBerry phone released in January 1999. The first iPhone hit markets in June 2007. Vince Carter had played in his eighth NBA All-Star game by the time you had an iPhone in your hand.
3. Family Guy
Premiering January 31, 1999, Family Guy has since racked up 16 seasons, 309 episodes, 24 Emmy nominations and seven wins. No, Vince Carter has not made his way onto a guest spot on the show.
4. Harry Potter Books in the U.S.
The first book in the series, “The Sorcerer’s Stone,” was released in the United States September 1, 1998. Since then, it’s become a cult-classic and even has it’s own amusement park. Take that, Vince Carter.
5. Fight Club
The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club, so I’ll make it quick: the movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton premiered September 21, 1999
In February 2005, YouTube launched and became, and still is today, the internet’s go-to medium for video content. Vince Carter dunks are still one of the best watches on YouTube.
7. Lil Pump
Blessing the world on August 17, 2000 Gazzy ‘Lil Pump’ Garcia has become one of the world’s premier musical artists with beautiful ballads like “Esskeetit” and, of course, who could forget the poetic rhymes of his hit, “Flex Like Ouu.”
The movie hit theaters May 5, 2000 and grossed $457 million. ‘Gladiator’ won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor. I mean, are you not entertained?
9. Toyota Prius
In 2000, the Prius was introduced to the United States and is marketed as one of the cleanest vehicles on the road today. Often laughed at, but never duplicated, Prius owners everywhere stand by their brand.
Wikipedia, the world’s largest user-generated free encyclopedia in the world. Available in 301 languages, the January 15, 2001 launch ensured that kids growing up in the 2000s could never cite it in their school papers.
On June 1, 1999, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker turned the music world upside down with the release of this peer-to-peer audio file sharing service. Only lasting until July 2001, Napster became the start of MP3 audio sharing in the digital world.
Mark Zuckerberg launched The Facebook on February 4, 2004 from his University of Harvard dorm room. In 2017, Facebook’s reported revenue was north of $40 billion.
13. Mason “Yodel Boy” Ramsey
Another era-defining musician, Mason Ramsey’s rise to stardom began with one single Walmart rendition Hank Williams Sr.’s “Lovesick Blues.” After 54 million YouTube views, he’s become a cultural phenomenon and actual country music act.
14. The Atlanta Hawks’ Philips Arena
The arena Vince Carter will play his 21st NBA season in hasn’t been around as long as Carter has. Philips Arena opened September 18, 1999 and plays host to the Hawks, the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, and the now departed Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.
15. The Sopranos
The show first aired January 10, 1999, and we still don’t know whether Tony Soprano was murdered or not. Numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards define one of the greatest television series of all time. Don’t worry, a prequel is in the works.
16. The Houston Texans
The Texans claim four division titles in their short existence after becoming the NFL’s 32nd franchise in 2002. The sad part is that Vince Carter is probably more recognizable than an entire football organization.
Remember these stupid things? The first one was unveiled in December 1999. Today, people buy them for personal transportation, public safety or for the office! You can buy a Segway i2 SE for only $5,999.
18. Discovering the Existence of Water on Mars
On December 6, 2006, NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor found discovered two craters that held water some time between 1999 and 2001. Vince Carter is so old, even the water on Mars is drying up faster. Alright, no more old jokes.
19. Burger King’s Chicken Fries
Burger King introduced the world to their Frankenstein monster mashup of chicken nuggets and French fries in 2005. They’ve become synonymous with other all-time fast food greats like the McRib and the Frosty.
20. That Time Dick Cheney Shot His Friend
The U.S. Vice President shot Harry Whittington on a quail hunt in Riviera, Texas. Both men understood the event was an accident, but that didn’t stop the world from having some fun with the incident.
21. Vladimir Putin’s Reign Over Russia
Putin was first elected as president of Russia in 2000, then was re-elected in 2004. Serving as Prime Minister from 2008-2012, he now is president once again. He’s been around long enough, but I wonder if Putin is a Vince Carter fan?