Consider this quick post a primer for those of you new to watching basketball at the Summer Olympics, perhaps younger readers who only have memories of the current 2012 Olympic games in London or the 2008 version in Beijing. While LeBron James had an incredible dunk tonight against Tunisia, the finest moment for American basketball on the international stage undoubtedly belongs to one man alone: Vince Carter.
While Carter's NBA career never became what many believed it would after his all-world talent at the University of North Carolina earned Michael Jordan comparisons for him, the talent was always there and he enjoyed a nice long career in the NBA. But for anyone frustrated by Carter's lack of production at the predicted level, this Olympian-sized moment serves as the evidence needed to win any argument.
In short, Carter's dunk over Frederic Weis of France (and formerly of the New York Knicks) is a lesson in the art of the dunk.