NBA TV to Feature Exclusive Interview with Vince Carter, Monday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. ET

Carter Responds to Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson Calling Him the “Michael Jordan of Canada”

Steve Smith Conducts One-On-One Interview with a Reflective Carter, Who Talks About His
Iconic Victory in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, Highs and Lows with the Raptors & More

NBA TV’s extensive coverage of NBA All-Star 2016 will culminate with a primetime special — Vince Carter: The Interview — on Monday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m. ET.  Carter, an eight-time NBA All-Star and the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner, recently spoke with NBA TV’s Steve Smith, his former 2000 USA Basketball teammate, in a reflective conversation covering a wide variety of topics.

During the hour-long special, Carter discusses his impact on this generation of Toronto-area born basketball players, the ups and downs of his time with the Toronto Raptors, his recollections of the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, and his ultimate slam dunk contestant field.

Additional outtakes from the interview:

On the ‘Vince Carter Generation’ of Toronto-area born NBA players: “To hear Tristan [Thompson] say, ‘Vince was our Michael Jordan of Canada,’ it was like, wait a minute, there’s no Michael Jordan but Michael Jordan.  I’m thankful for that.”

Click here to see Carter reflect on his time in Toronto and impact on Canadian-born players

On his slam dunk over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Sydney Olympics: “I took the first dribble, I took the second dribble and he didn’t move, he didn’t step towards me.  I’m going for the rim and once I took off, I just remember touching his shoulder and after that, I didn’t know what happened.”

Click here to see Carter break down his opening dunk from the 2000 Dunk Contest

On why he didn’t defend his Dunk Contest title: “I didn’t want to be labeled a dunker.  I’m not a career dunker, I wanted to be a career basketball player that lasts and you look up to.  That wasn’t me and wasn’t what I wanted to accomplish.”

Click here to see Carter share his ultimate three-man slam dunk contest field

The network’s NBA All-Star Monday primetime lineup on Feb. 15 will also feature Countdown to Vince Carter: The Interview at 8:30 p.m., hosted by Vince Cellini, a 30-minute show looking back at Carter’s most notable moments, featuring interviews from 2000 Slam Dunk Contest judge and the NBA on TNT’s Kenny Smith and Carter’s University of North Carolina teammate Antawn Jamison.  NBA TV will take a look at some of the best dunk contests of all-time with a mini marathon from 4-6 p.m. ET, featuring victories by Carter, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.  The night will conclude with NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court at 10 p.m., featuring a cast of basketball greats taking the court in their jerseys to explain and show the defining moves of their playing days.

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