June 25 (UPI) — Eight-time All-Star choice Vince Carter is retiring from the NBA after a record 22-year career within the league.

Carter, 43, introduced his retirement on The Ringer’s Winging It With Vince Carter podcast Thursday, saying he’s “formally executed enjoying basketball professionally.”

The high-flying Carter initially introduced final 12 months — when he signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks — the 2019-20 NBA season could be his remaining. However the former Slam Dunk Contest champion hadn’t addressed his future because the NBA suspended its season in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league introduced earlier this month that it’ll resume its season with 22 groups in July at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Hawks, who maintain the fourth-worst record within the NBA, had been among the many eight groups that didn’t qualify for the restart.

On the podcast, Carter mentioned the abrupt ending was “robust,” however he’s at peace together with his determination to stroll away from the league.

“If there was any disappointment due to the season — any of that — it was form of simpler to place it apart and deal with it that method,” Carter mentioned. “It is like, OK, it is one thing larger than my career. … It is unlucky, however with the coronavirus taking individuals’s lives quickly, that is the massive image in my thoughts.

“So I used to be capable of put the bizarre ending — the abrupt stoppage of play, to an ending — apart for the larger image.”

Carter ranks 19th all-time in NBA historical past in scoring and was the league’s Rookie of the 12 months in 1999. He averaged 16.7 factors per recreation in his career and loved his best success with the Raptors and Nets.

Earlier this 12 months, Carter turned the primary NBA participant to seem in at the least one recreation in 4 totally different many years. His 22 seasons within the league — spent with eight totally different groups — are essentially the most in historical past.

“Vince Carter has made an indelible influence on the NBA together with his exceptional ability and enduring dedication,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned in a press release. “For a record 22 seasons, he performed with pure pleasure and created so many memorable moments as an eight-time All-Star, a Slam Dunk champion and an Olympic gold medalist.

“We congratulate Vince on a storied career and thank him for being a real ambassador of the sport.”