Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 11:01 am  |  77 responses

Video: The Mixtape King

The best Vince Carter highlight mix you’ve never seen.

If you read the 150 best SLAM memories in our 150th issue, you may have been confused by number 91, which references an unreal Vince Carter highlight tape that became the inspiration for the SLAM 104 cover story. The video, which lived for years only on VHS, was recently uploaded to YouTube for the first time, and we’ve got it for you in its entirety above. We’ll run the SLAM 104 Vince feature soon, but until then, enjoy this amazing mix of highlights, with some footage of what may be Mike Tyson’s craziest press conference ever and Bruce Smith passing out on live TV sprinkled in just because.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    yes yes yes yes yes. PLEASE watch in its entirety, and without interruption.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I wish every longtime Slam reader could’ve watched this with us in the office when we were got our hands on it. Ran it on a loop and just died over and over again.

  • Bimmer

    Love it. Shame he never reached his potential. So good.

  • Will

    VC could have decked KG there with his post-dunk celebration. LOL!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Lang Whitaker

    You think I give a damn about Andrew Golota?

  • Jer dawg

    Thumbs up!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Lol at Lang. Obviously Vince’s dunks are incredible and so worth watching repeatedly, but you HAVE to catch all the other stuff on here too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Unedited and NSFW, FTW!

  • Dan

    i like how there is Mike tyson in the middle of this vid talking ish. hahhaa Tyson is the greatest after Ali

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Of course, massive thanks to the great Matt Adam for the old-school mixing skills.

  • http://www.realmccoysports.com RealMcCoySports

    “If my Aunt Beth had a d*ck, she’d be Uncle Bert”. HA HA! This is a damn good mix.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Vince Carter is the most talented, and the most gifted 2 guard to ever play in the NBA.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Vince Carter is the most talented, and the most gifted 2 guard to ever compete in the NBA.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    RJ: i believe you. I’ve seen every one of these dunks, but this compilation with the crowd/announcer reactions were fantastic.
    That and Mister Face Tatoo of course.
    Vince, best two foot plant dunker eveerrrrrr. Yes, even above Nique in my book. More air and flair.
    Boing! Indeed.

  • gpaul

    This dunk package in 2k12 please…. Thank you.

  • gpaul

    P.s. Co-sign Darksaber, the one-handed windmills by Vince will never be surpassed by anyone, and his reverse 360, I haven’t seen anyone else do it since Vince.

  • http://slam.com Chris Mullin’s Accent

    I was hoping to see a few more dunks. Though he was known for that.

  • benni

    greatest. tape. ever.

    i still think vc almost leveled kg with his celebration… ^^

  • AMPduppp

    3:00 the dunk that inspired me to pick up the AND1 tai chi’s…. love this mix

  • Kadavour

    @gpaul: the same way MJ was never to be surpassed?

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  • robb

    @The Philosopher no he’s not.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    So please, educate me.
    Who has or had more natural talent, and more natural gifts at the 2 than Vince?

  • robb

    @Kadavour nobody’s been able to surpass MJ, WTF are you talking about,

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    @philo, you got a dude named jordan.
    but i’ll give the nod to carter when it comes to athleticism

  • matt the jazz fan

    thanks! – I remember when I read that piece, wondering when the video would come up online.
    now I have to play and pause it to align vince’s and lang’s (or whoever the writer was) thoughts and comments to the slams themselves – unless, you know, some intern at slam could do that and overlay the video over the summer…

    but even if you don’t – thanks!

  • AD

    lmao who was the guy who fell down

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Jordan worked harder.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Mike Tyson is the greatest after Ali, at what? Trash talking?
    Please, Holyfield would have wiped the floor with Tyson, oh wait, he did. Lewis would have wiped the floor with Tyson, oh wait, he did. Buster Freaking Douglas would have wiped the floor with Tyson, that’s right you guessed it, he did. Please name one great fighter Tyson beat?

  • marc

    oooo he means natural talent lol

  • MikeC.

    @Phil – I see where you’re coming from. Vince has the same bigass hands that MJ has which allows for ball control and vicious finishes. Vince is a better ball handler than MJ (more tricks and changes of direction, anyway), Vince is a better deep shooter than MJ. MJ had a much better post game and mid-range game. Vince seemed to be either nuclear holocaust finishes at the rim, or 3 pt shooting. What MJ had above everyone else was pure will, grit and determination. For all the pretty, shiny stuff in MJ’s game, there was also the grind and the grit that most players just don’t have. Vince isn’t even on the same continent, must less in the same gym as MJ on the defensive end. That’s about will power and desire. Jordan worked harder and squeezed every ounce of success out of his considerable talents. I get the feeling that Vince had even more than we ever saw. It seems like he left about 25% on the table of his career.

  • MikeC.

    @JTaylor – Tyson was the greatest at just being awesome. Like Worm and Metta.

  • fai

    Shoulda never left toronto, career has never been the same since.in Toronto you were half man half amazing, since he is just half the man… Could been a legand…every star has a rough patch, but you don’t hold you knee and cry I wanna leave.
    Great dunks but never any respect for the player.

  • marc

    Tyson was a great boxer so i don’t understand why Jtaylor21 is talking like he wasn’t

  • Charles

    Great Dunker but no heart for the game.

  • BobbyD

    If you want Vince Carter video’s, hit up Maxamillion711 on youtube. Some of the sickest highlights and storylined video’s of Vinsanity

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I’m still waiting for someone to name one great boxer Tyson beat.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I posted 2 comments regarding Tyson. They won’t come up. I’ll bet this one comes up, though.

  • MLK4Life

    There is none. The only exciting thing about Tyson is how fast he knocked out people. That is his greatness. He’s not the next anything behind Ali.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Just like I thought. smh
    I’ll try it again.
    Tyson beat good fighters back when he was hungry.
    Donnovan Ruddock was a great fighter.
    Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks.
    Tyson’s combinations that he put together rank among the best of all time. No one can match Tyson’s rare combination of speed and power. He was devastating. He would send guys out of fights crying.
    His conviction sealed the deal on his prime years…
    But as is such, he is still the greatest heavyweight of all time.
    In fact, when Ali was asked who would win a fight out of the two, The
    Greatest said that Tyson would beat him.
    He said it on live TV.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    And, shout out @MikeC.

  • bubblecat

    Love this mixtape without annoying music.

  • http://slam tony

    vince carter ,legend

  • anonymous

    There is more to athleticism than leaping ability. Jordan was much quicker, had better reflexes, better body control and much better stamina than Vince ever did.

  • bike

    One could argue that VC was the greatest dunker of all time. But that’s about it. One could also argue that Mike Tyson was severely mentally retarded.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Great stuff, thanks for uploading it. Went to a campus in Barcelona in ’01 and Carter was there. It amazed me who easily he scored 3 pointers from outside of the court in the corners. And oh the dunks he made…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Philo, I only consider the Spinks fight to be the impressive one but the Holmes bout, nah. Holmes was damn near 40 when he came out of retirement to fight Tyson. So that makes one impressive fight/win vs a great boxer in about 58 career fights, not very impressive for a supposed all-time great.
    Also, do you really believe that Ali was being honest when he said tyson would beat him? I mean come on now. If Ali was able to withstand 7 rounds of devastating blows from the greatest puncher of all-time in Foreman and then had enough left in the tank to knock him out in the 8th, I think he would’ve made quick work of Tyson. Tyson has the power but he doesn’t have the skill, the stamina, the height, reach or guts to last more than 3 rounds with Ali.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ixy8Uttq0 nbk

    JTaylor you seem to know a lot about Boxing….. What you think of Rocky Marciano all-time? I have heard many very different opinions about the matter.

  • larrylegend

    2:26…one of my favs!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, Marciano’s one of the greatest due to his punching power and flawless record but I could name about 5-6 heavyweights that are better. The biggest problem for him is lack of size, reach and punching accuracy. To give props where it’s due, the guy beat two all-time greats in Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles aka the Cincinnati Cobra even though both guys were past their prime especially Louis, who was 37. Marciano’s a great boxer but I think he’s also one of the most overrated.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Mike Tyson was crazzyyy

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ixy8Uttq0 nbk

    Word JT, that’s my general opinion of him but i know next to nothing about boxing. I saw listened to two old cats at the gym compare him and Joe Louis, one was arguing that Louis was better, just didn’t fight Marciano in his prime, the other was on the Marciano is the GOAT tip, talking about how Marciano despite not being big, or supremely athletic would find a way to beat anyone.

  • logues

    someone needs to put out a vince carter dvd with all his dunks

  • MikeC.

    @logues – forget just the VC dvd. VC, Nique, MJ, T-Mac, Stackhouse, GHill, Shaq, Blake Griffin, etc.

  • robb

    @Philosopher yeah Jordan was a hard worker but he also had a 48″ vert and could run the 40 yds, dash in 4.4 seconds ( the 4.3 time is an exaggeration) he was incredibly gifted. VC was a great (probably the best) dunker off two feet but that’s all.

  • http://www.michaelstarghill.com/ Michael Starghill

    LOL @ Calvin Murphy going nuts on the Rockets defense at 1:58.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    VC dunked ok, but he underachieved in his career. Who cares about dunking. He felt he was better than what he was and did not continue to develop his raw talent. So VC is just another guy playing ball now, that could dunk. Davin Hamm gets no credit, but I think he is one of the greatest dunkers ever, check the tapes. I take MJ, Shawn Kemp and Darvin Hamm and Nique over VC dunks anyday. BOOK IT!!!

  • Weezy

    Didn’t you guys feature a similar video but without Tyson back in the day? Or is this the same video?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    C’mon JTaylor, “Joe Louis was 75 years old when they fought!”. Haha, kidding co-sign most of the things you said about Tyson.

  • http://jksldf.com Jukai

    Yeah, I mean, Jordan was a better athlete than Carter. VC obviously had a better vert and lift and body control, but that’s kinda all he had on Jordan. Money was faster, stronger, had way more stamina… just an odd comment to say.
    It’s hard to say VC underachieved. I don’t think he had the bball IQ really, or a feel to the game. Never seemed to know how to combine his shooting with his athletism and such… if he was hot, he didn’t drive. If his shot wasn’t falling, he’d slash repetatively and never shoot to mix things up. He was an incredibly athlete, and he was pretty skilled, just didn’t have a feel for the game (his laziness and wimpiness didn’t help tho).

  • jimmer

    Good board. VC had long arms man. Made stuff look spectacular. Cosign JT21 on tyson and marciano. Now in the modern age, you’d love to see marciano go up against the cruisers. He would have severely ‘moyded em to death’ as old mick would’ve said. Never mind granite in his chin, dude had cement between his ears, could take a wrecking ball and not notice.

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  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    You wouldn’t take Ali’s word?
    Frazier used to get in Ali’s derriere. You know that. Frazier would have the most potential to get the better of Gerard. Maybe even Sonny. Sonny was angry and depressed enough to possibly pull it off.
    Mike would destroy Marciano…
    Sorry, brethren. Rocky was one of the most predictable, methodical, and slowest heavyweights in the history of boxing.
    You know that too, JT21.
    George is too slow for Tyson. Even in Foreman’s prime.
    People also underestimate “The Baddest Man On The Planet’s” chin. Mike used to take some blows as he got older.
    Also, many (almost all, INCLUDING Lennox…) were quite scared of a prime Mike Tyson. Nobody wanted any of a part of that man. They couldn’t pay anyone enough money to get in the ring with him.
    And, you also are quite aware of that.
    On the contrary, EVERYONE wanted Ali’s ass.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    And again, Michael Jordan, since he got humiliated in high school by his coach, was obsessed AND possessed. He worked. And worked. And worked.
    Hell, one can argue that Jeffrey still wants to play.
    As for Vince…
    He never really, totally gave a damn.
    When he admittedly took games off in Toronto, Marbury came out and gushed about how Carter can take games off, and get by purely on talent for like, 50 games, and what not.
    Te most naturally gifted 2 of all times.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Vc also got hurt ALOT… Which you guys failed to mention. That certainly didn’t help. Personally in their respective primes..I think they were equal as athletes they were just good at different things. Vc had better body control,was the tiniest bit more explosive, could jump just a little higher etc but mj was definitely stronger and faster, as well as possessing FAR more stamina… The only people I can think of who possess similar stamina are Kobe and Lebron. MJ had a ridiculous motor, Phil jackson has talked for about it for a while. They both had those gigantic hands though

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Man thats why I call blake baby vince, he brought the same exicement to the game in his early years.

  • http://basketbawful.blogspot.com/2008/06/worst-of-celtics-lakers-part-7.html nbk

    Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson had the best “motors” ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Where are the torch carriers for this guy? If i was tall, this is whose game i would try to emulate. If Jersey had waited one more year, you might be saying Vince instead of Kobe. Believe dat. So many what “if’s”. Enough with the Jordan comparisons. VC was doing this since high school, college, check out highlights at UNC *(SLAM had us covered then too). And he claims the greatest dunk of all time, sorry Dr J, Nique, MJ.

  • NinjaAT

    Regardless of who’s best at what, it was an honor to be alive to witness VC in his prime. Didn’t turn out to be the player most of us wanted him to be, but damn it, could he dunk that damn ball! Dude was unreal. There’s no one in the NBA right now that is in the same stratosphere as Vince in terms of dunking, and that includes Mr. Griffin.

  • Luiyo

    This is the compilation I have seen from Vince…


  • brandon


    pleaSE wATCh!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Vince was my favorite player when he played for the Raptors, and was the reason I chose the Raptors over the Knicks during those early 2000 years, being that I’d lived in both Toronto and New York.
    That being said, I still think T-Mac was a more talented basketball player. I mean, he REALLY had GOAT potential. Mac had the height advantage, was every bit as explosive as Vince, could handle the rock, and had unrivaled court vision for a guy his size. It’s such a shame he got injured; had he stayed healthy and hungry, and had more success in the playoffs, we’d be looking at a top 20 all-time player.

  • thegfunk

    Basketball or any other sport or something playing guitar should never be about being the best, living up to potentials or being hyped by the media and all that shi*. You only live once be who you want to be, be individual, practice what you want to be. You don’t have to be the fastest, the greatest, the most powerful. That is the great thing about sports! That there are guys that shoot free throws in the wackiest of ways! Vince is who he is! He shouldn’t have been the next jordan because Michael Jordan is jordan! blah!

  • ryanl1979

    I just watched Bruce Smith pass out with his hands in his pockets ten times in a row and it just kept getting funnier and funnier!

  • Parm

    This brings a smile to my face and a sadness to my heart. Raps leading in most of those games, a rarity nowadays. VC could’ve been an alltime great, but just wasnt’ meant to be.