After 19 seasons in the NBA, 10 Time All-Star Carmelo Anthony retires from the game of basketball. He finishes as the ninth leading scorer in NBA history. The exquisite career of Carmelo Anthony comes to a bittersweet end.
The retirement of Melo marks the end of an era in NBA history. While fans would have liked to see a farewell tour for Anthony, it is ultimately his decision to retire on his terms.
“Now the time has come for me to say goodbye … to the game that gave me purpose and pride,” Anthony said in a videotaped message.
A Look at Melo’s Incredible Career
Despite his decision to retire, the impact made by Anthony on and off the court will never be forgotten. Fans will remember his outstanding run with Syracuse to win the 2003 NCAA Championship. He will also go down as one of the greatest Olympians playing in most Olympic basketball games and winning three gold medals for the United States.
During the 2012 Olympics, Anthony’s impressive display against Nigeria earned him a place in history as his 37 points set a record for USA Basketball men at an Olympic event. He also holds two more records – one for sinking ten three-pointers and another for converting all his 13 free throws during the Argentina match back in 2008.
Anthony was named to the top 75 team to commemorate the NBA’s 75th anniversary, a testament to his incredible career. He was part of the revolutionary 2003 NBA Draft, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. As
Throughout his 19 seasons, he spent most of that time playing for the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks while maintaining an average score of 22.5 points per game. During his career, Carmelo Anthony played for multiple teams, including Portland, Oklahoma City, and Houston. He ultimately concluded his time in the NBA with the Lakers during the most recent season.
Carmelo Anthony Retires, Passes Torch To His Son
As Anthony’s illustrious career ends, he is now looking ahead and passing the torch to his son Kiyan. At the end of the video, Anthony expressed his excitement for the future of Kiyan and the next generation of basketball players.
“People ask what I believe my legacy is,” Anthony said. “It’s not my feats on the court that come to mind, all the awards or praise. Because my story has always been more than basketball. My legacy, my son … I will forever continue through you. The time has come for you to carry this torch.”
Kiyan Anthony is a four-star recruit and ranked the number 14 shooting guard in the nation for his class. The younger Anthony has already received an offer from Syracuse, his father’s alma mater, and will indeed have a bright future in the sport.
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