Carmelo Anthony Retires From NBA After 19 Seasons – NBC Los Angeles
Carmelo Anthony has known as it a profession.
The 38-year-old, who had spent greater than half of his life within the NBA, introduced his retirement on Monday by way of a video he posted to social media.
“Now the time has come for me to say goodbye, to the court docket the place I made my identify, to the sport that gave me function and delight,” he stated. “With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I’m excited for what the longer term holds for me.”
Anthony entered the NBA at 19 years previous after successful a nationwide championship in his lone collegiate season at Syracuse. The Denver Nuggets chosen him with the No. 3 choose within the 2003 NBA Draft, and he launched into a journey that can quickly result in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
For his profession, Anthony earned 10 All-Star picks, six All-NBA picks, three Olympic gold medals and was named to the NBA seventy fifth Anniversary Team. His 28,289 factors are ninth-most in NBA historical past.
Anthony performed for six groups in his 19 NBA seasons. He spent his first seven seasons in Denver earlier than getting traded to the New York Knicks in February 2011. He was with the Knicks via the 2016-17 season earlier than making stops with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers over the subsequent 5 years. He final performed in L.A. in the course of the 2021-22 marketing campaign.
“I’m eternally grateful for these individuals and locations as a result of they made me Carmelo Anthony,” he stated.
As a part of his announcement, Anthony stated his legacy will dwell on via his son, Kiyan, who’s a extremely ranked prospect within the class of 2025.
“When individuals ask what I imagine my legacy is, it’s not my feats on the court docket that come to thoughts, or the awards or reward, as a result of my story has all the time been greater than basketball,” Anthony stated. “My legacy, my son, it’s in you.”