Everybody remembers Vinsanity spreading through Australia in the 2000 Olympics but the summer excitement for Vince Carter and the Olympic team started when they played in an exhibition game against a USA Select team that featured future NBA players like Shane Battier, Troy Murphy, Jamal Tinsley and Jason Richardson.
Thanks to mainly Vince, who scored 24 points and made 10 of 10 shots which included multiple spectacular windmills, it was one of the most highlight filled games I’ve ever seen and it wasn’t all the Olympic team either. Jason Richardson scored 20 points and had his share of dunks and 3 pointers too. Jay Williams was also giving Gary Payton and Jason Kidd headaches but ended up on a poster courtesy of Ray Allen.
As competitive as the Select Team was in the first half the game ended with a 37 point win by the USA Olympic team 111-74.
Every American sitting home that Saturday afternoon that got to watch this live was in for a big treat. Most of the rest of the world ended up seeing the highlights online, pre YouTube, on websites like gotvinsanity and vincedunk because NBC’s exclusive contract made it really difficult to watch a lot of the games especially since there wasn’t 20 channels showing Olympic footage like there is now.