Remembering When Karl Malone Got Dunked On By The Only Player He Would Pay To See – Vince Carter
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After the 2000 NBA All-Star Game, hard-to-impress Karl Malone came up to Vince Carter, put his arm around the leading vote getter and said, “I love the way you play the game. I always said I wouldn’t pay to see somebody play but I would pay to come see you play.”
It was the ultimate compliment happening at the height of Vinsanity.
Three years later, Vince was still an All-Star but Vinsanity was starting to wear out a little as the popularity of former teammate Tracy McGrady and Lakers champion Kobe Bryant grew. Bryant would dethrone Vince and become the new leading vote getter for the NBA All-Star game that year but Vince was still giving fans their moneys worth.
Earlier in that season, in a game against Kobe and his new teammate, Karl “looking for a ring and Mexican girls” Malone, Vince reminded the Mail Man why he made that compliment in 2000 by delivering one of the best dunks of the season over him. It was a great effort by Malone but a greater play by Vince, who showed Vinsanity was still alive in Toronto.
New school Jazz fans might not remember this 12-year old highlight, but I’m sure they remember seeing a 37-year old Vince dunking on a 22-year old Rudy Gobert last season. I’m sure old and new school French basketball fans also remember this very well.