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NBA BASKETBALL Sept. 30, 2002
Exclusive Interview with Vince Carter about Rucker Park

 


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Vince Carter has played streetball with the Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Rucker Park - once at the actual park, and once indoors at a nearby gym, due to rain. That latter time, he threw down a legendary dunk that has been simulated in television commercials. In this play, Carter was running the break and filling the lane, and caught an alley-oop pass - but instead of just dunking it straight away, he pulled the ball down in mid-air and then brought it back up to throw down one of the sickest dunks ever. Inside Hoops recorded this interview late in the 2001-02 season, and waited for a rainy day to post it.

InsideHoops.com: Talk about what brought you out to Rucker Park, what you knew about the park, how it all went down...

Vince Carter: Well, the best streetball players to ever play come out there, even the best NBA players and all that. You got a lot of tradition out there. It's just fun. It's just something where I wanted to say, "yeah, I played."

InsideHoops.com: And what else did you know about the park?

Vince Carter: What you hear. What you know. If you're a basketball player nowdays, and even when I was growing up you still knew about it, you still hear about it. Some of my friends... when I play in different all-star games and camps, everybody talks about it. So, I had been thinking about it.

InsideHoops.com: And did they call you, or did you call them?

Vince Carter: I was asked to play. Actually, the first time I was asked to play, but the second time I was out doing a photo shoot in New York, and they asked me to play...

InsideHoops.com: Which was the time when you threw down the...

Vince Carter: Second time...

InsideHoops.com: The second time was when the game moved indoors and you threw down the dunk we all WISH we could do...

Vince Carter: (laughing a bit) yeah....

InsideHoops.com: Cool, thanks.

 

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