Vince Carter reflects on Olympic ‘Dunk de la Mort’

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Vince Carter hasn’t come across Frederic Weis since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when Carter famously posterized the French 7-footer with the “Dunk de la Mort.”

In a Dan Patrick Show interview Tuesday, Carter said the only back-and-forth between the two came later in the Sydney Olympic gold-medal game. (The Dunk de la Mort happened in group play (video here))

Carter said he tried to dunk over Weis again in the final, but this time Weis fouled him less than two minutes into the game. Video is here.

Carter remembered exchanging smiles with Weis after the foul.

“I said, ‘I understand,'” Carter said. “I would do the same thing.”

Carter, the last active player from the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, said he would be puzzled if he came across Weis again.

“Who talks first? What do I say? I’m sorry?” Carter said. “I don’t know what to say. Or would he say, ‘You really hurt my feelings?'”

Weis was drafted 15th overall by the New York Knicks in 1999 but never signed with the team nor played in the NBA. He played professionally in Europe but suffered from alcoholism and depression, with a failed suicide attempt in 2008, according to The New York Times.

He retired in 2011 and was profiled by U.S. media in 2015, owning a tobacco store in France with his wife.

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USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today, a report that USA Hockey would not confirm.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan has said every player in the U.S. national team player pool, plus under-18 national team players, committed to not playing at worlds unless the wage dispute is resolved.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. They met formally on Monday for more than 10 hours, with both sides calling it productive.

Neither side has said when its next scheduled meeting will take place.

On Tuesday, USA Hockey said it postponed a pre-worlds camp that was to run through next Tuesday in Traverse City, Mich., and canceled a scheduled Friday exhibition against Finland.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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