Beyond the Glory

Season 2 Episode 4

Vince Carter

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 31, 2002 on FOX Sports

Episode Recap

Billed as half-man, half amazing, Toronto Raptors all-star Vince Carter has always been an incredibly gifted athlete, whose high-flying heroics on the basketball court have been a sight to see.

While playing high school basketball in his hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida; His school had to set up closed-circuit telecasts in the cafeteria to handle the overflow crowds in the gym when he played. By the time his high school basketball career was over, he'd led his team to the state championship and was being heralded as "Mr. Florida."

However, as Carter ascended, things around him were falling. A troubled brother, an agent who betrayed him, a conflict with his famous cousin and controversy surrounding his college graduation, have all left their mark on "Air Canada's" wounded wings.

While Carter was becomming more famous, his younger brother, Chris, was becoming infamous. While Carter chose to further his career by attending the University of North Carolina, Chris chose to quit attending classes. When Carter was perfecting his deft-defying dunks, Chris was getting high on drugs. Despite being raised in the same home, the younger Chris (2 years, 10 months) was living in Vince's shadow and couldn't get out from under it.

In this documentary, there's no shortage of "Vinsanity," a.k.a, unbelievable jaw-dropping dunks. But the problems facing Carter and his family are documented throughout, following Carter's basketball timeline from his youth through Toronto's second-round playoff against the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001.

Just 25-years-old, the former North Carolina Tar Heel, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Slam Dunk Champion and Olympic gold medalist has had a successful career on the basketball court, but he still can't seem to shake his critics as easily as he shakes defenders.

In addition to Vince Carter, people interviewed for this episode include: NBA stars Tracy McGrady (Carter's cousin), Alvin Williams and Antawn Jamison, former Raptors coach Butch Carter (no relation), former Tar Heel coaches Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge, high school coach Charles Brinkerhoff, Carter's mother Michelle, stepfather Harry Robinson and brother Chris.