42-year-old Vince Carter made history by becoming the first NBA player to play during 4 decades

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  • 42-year-old Atlanta Hawks player Vince Carter became the first NBA player to suit up for games in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s. 
  • Carter was drafted in 1998 — when LeBron James was entering eighth grade and before Dallas Mavericks’ rising star Luka Doncic was even born. 
  • Carter played his first NBA game with the Toronto Raptors in 1999, and became a league journeyman. He has played for eight teams in total. 
  • “I’m just very thankful to still be around and compete at this level,” he told reporters after receiving a standing ovation at Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. 
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Vince Carter made history on Saturday night by becoming the first NBA player to play in games spanning across four decades.

Carter, 42, played his first game in 1999, and has since played 22 seasons in the NBA.

When he was drafted in 1998, LeBron James was entering eighth grade, and Dallas Mavericks’ rising star Luka Doncic hadn’t even been born.

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