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Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter, right, hugs former Hawk Dominique Wilkins as he leaves the court following an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasons

Jun. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career, the longest in league history, has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of this season that this would be his last in...

FILE - At left, in a Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton attends a press conference in Paris. At center, in a June 24, 2019, file photo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arrives at NBA Awards ceremonies in Santa Monica, Calif. At right, in an Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, Phoenix Mercury WNBA basketball player Brianna Turner is shown during a game in Phoenix. A column is normally a spot for pontificating, to speak bluntly on the issues of the day and receive a gamut of feedback, from effusive praise to slanderous insults.  Not this time.  Now's the time for those of us in the privileged class to listen, really listen to what African-Americans and people of color around the world are expressing in the wake of George Floyd's brutal, senseless death. (AP Photo/File)

Column: Shut up and dribble? No way. It's time to listen

Jun. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

A column is normally a spot for pontificating, to speak bluntly on the issues of the day and receive a gamut of feedback, from effusive praise to slanderous insults. Not this time. Now's the time for those of us in the privileged class to listen, really listen to what African-Americans and people of color...

A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

Jun. 4, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

The NBA took a major step toward getting back on the court Thursday, with the league’s Board of Governors approving a 22-team format for restarting the league season next month at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The vote was 29-1, with Portland casting the dissenting vote, said a person with...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, basketball backboards stand without hoops after city officials had them removed to reduce gatherings at Holcombe Rucker Park in New York. The COVID-19 pandemic has left the New York street ball scene quiet. While the city is set to slowly begin reopening this month, recreation activities aren’t set to be addressed for several weeks. It’s left open the possibility that New York’s hallowed outdoor courts such as Rucker Park, all as much a part of New York’s basketball culture as the Knicks and Madison Square Garden, could remain silenced into summer. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Street ball scene on hiatus, including NYC's iconic courts

May. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

No sounds of bouncing balls. No scuffing of sneakers against dusty concrete. No whipping of basketballs as they fall through nylon nets or metallic ringing of balls careening off rims. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a stillness that those who best know the New York street ball scene could never have imagined....