The two Vince Carter videos you’re about to watch, when viewed in succession, can illustrate one of two themes:
1. It is life in a nutshell. Even if you’re the guy who cleared a seven-footer in the Olympics, you’re capable of taking one of the worst shots in basketball history. And if you take one of the worst shots in basketball history, you’re still capable of throwing it down on the tallest guy on the court.
2. Blake Griffin’s playbook: you are terrible at basketball so just dunk, because you are so good at dunking.
Video number one features Carter pulling out a great ball fake, tries to softly finger-roll it in like so much George Gervin and airballing it like he’s me trying to pull that shot off in HORSE. Video number two, about three minutes of game clock later, features Carter dunking on 7-foot Kings center Hassan Whiteside like it was nothing.
A brief miscalculation, or Father Time chipping away at his legs? You make the call.