The last time the NBA Slam Dunk Contest disappeared, Vince Carter brought it back in style

I’m thinking about Vince Carter because of two entities which will be absent from the upcoming NBA season. This is the first season in decades that won’t have a Slam Dunk Contest. The NBA removed the contest from All-Star programming in 1998, then didn’t have an All-Star Weekend at all in 1999 because of the…