Associated Press Published 10:25 PM EDT Aug 5, 2019 ATLANTA — Vince Carter is putting off retirement for at least one more season. With that, he’ll claim the longest career in NBA history all to himself. A person familiar with the situation confirmed that Carter has agreed to terms on a one-year contract to return to the Atlanta Hawks for his record 22nd season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The 42-year-old Carter never wavered in his desire to play with someone this season. He is tied with Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis and recently retired Dirk Nowitzki – all of whom played for 21 seasons – for the longest career in NBA history. “Just waiting for the right opportunity,” he said on a recent conference call to discuss the upcoming Jr. NBA Global Championship, when questioned by a reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Nothing has changed as … [Read more...] about Vince Carter signing with Hawks for record 22nd NBA season
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The Toronto Raptors are more than a one-man gang, and they showed that again Thursday night in defeating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 in the opening game of the NBA Finals. Kawhi Leonard has been brilliant for the Raptors during the playoffs, but when the Warriors limited him to 23 points and eight rebounds-- below his postseason averages -- Pascal Siakam jumped up with a career-playoff-best 32 points Thursday. Siakam added eight rebounds and five assists. "I mean, Kawhi didn't have his best game to his standards, but other guys stepped up (for Toronto)," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "Siakam obviously had a game of his playoff life. Give him credit, running the floor. So we'll have to get back on defense next game and really limit their transition points, make them beat us in the half-court. ... "Yeah, we did a good job of limiting Kawhi, but it's not Kawhi Leonard, it's the Raptors." Marc Gasol also took advantage of the Warriors' attention to Leonard, scoring 20 points and … [Read more...] about Raptors beat Warriors 118-109 in NBA Finals opener
Sport by Press Association May 31, 2019, 5:35 am Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter The Toronto Raptors marked their NBA Finals debut with a convincing 118-109 victory over defending champions the Golden State Warriors. Pascal Siakam recorded 32 points, five assists and eight rebounds at Scotiabank Arena to help power the Raptors to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The highly anticipated game – the first NBA Finals match played outside the United States – saw Toronto dominate from the off, notching up a 10-point lead by half-time on the back of a 19-8 run. The Warriors pushed hard to pull back into contention, closing the gap to three early in the fourth quarter, but Siakam hit an 11th consecutive field goal attempt to keep Toronto in the driving seat. The side remained at least seven points ahead until the final buzzer. Kawhi Leonard racked up 23 points and Marc Gasol added 20 as the Raptors refused to be intimidated by a team … [Read more...] about Toronto Raptors claim game one victory in NBA Finals debut
Vince Carter says he will return next season for a record 22nd NBA campaign at age 42, although it might not be with his current club, the Atlanta Hawks. Once among the NBA's elite players, eight-time NBA All-Star swingman Carter will find himself alone in NBA endurance if he can sign a contract for another season. Retiring Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, former Boston star centers Kevin Garnett and Robert Parish and forward Kevin Willis are the only players in NBA history to match Carter's 21 league seasons. Carter revealed his plans on his "Winging It" podcast, saying, "I'm coming back." But when asked if his return would be with the Hawks, who signed him to a one-season deal last August for $2.4 million, Carter was less certain, saying only: "I would like to. We'll see what happens." Carter averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 17.5 minutes a game in 76 appearances for the Hawks, who went 29-53, 12 games behind Detroit for the final Eastern Conference … [Read more...] about Hawks’ Carter ‘coming back’ for record 22nd NBA season
Embiid has been battling with pain in his left knee ever since the All-Star break and missed 14 of the final 24 games of the regular season. He last played against the Chicago Bulls where he finished with a double-double, but Philadelphia will be hoping the 25-year-old is fit to return. Brooklyn have been one of the surprise packages this season and made the playoffs after a storming second half of the campaign. D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris and Caris LeVert have made Brooklyn one of the toughest teams to beat and recently registered impressive wins over the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets tied their regular season record with Philadelphia this year, suggesting their first round series will be closely fought. Key to any success the 76ers will have will be down to how much Embiid can play. But the two-time All-Star admitted after practice on Friday night that he still wasn’t sure whether he would be fit to return for the first game. “I … [Read more...] about Joel Embiid injury update: Will 76ers star face Nets in NBA Playoffs first round clash?