Carmelo Anthony’s professional basketball career has come to an end.
After 19 seasons in the NBA, the 10-time All-Star announced Monday that he is retiring. Anthony posted a video on his social media pages that covers his career with highlights from his basketball days from high school at Oak Hill Academy to college at Syracuse and in the NBA with various teams.
«I remember the days when I had nothing. Just a ball on the court and a dream of something more. But basketball was my outlet,» he said. «My purpose was strong, my communities, the cities I proudly represented and the fans who supported me along the way. I will be forever grateful to those people and places because they made me, Carmelo Anthony.
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«But now the time has come to say goodbye: to the court where I made my name, to the game that gave me purpose and pride. With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I’m excited for what the future holds.»
Anthony said in the video that he was passing the torch to his son, Kiyan Anthony, as he prepares to take his basketball career to the next level. Kiyan is a four-star recruit at Christ The King Regional in New York, according to 247 Sports.
«When people ask what I think my legacy is, it’s not my on-court exploits that come to mind, nor awards or accolades because my story has always been about more than basketball. My legacy, my son, is there.» in you. I will continue forever through you because the time has come for you to carry this torch. So, Ki, chase your dreams. Don’t let anything stop you. Don’t let anything get in the way.
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«My legacy, now and forever, lives on through you. And I will always be proud of all you do.»
Anthony, 38, was part of the legendary class of the 2003 NBA Draft. He was the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets, behind LeBron James and Darko Milicic and opposite Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
He played seven full seasons with the Nuggets before being traded to the New York Knicks in the middle of his eighth season in one of the most successful deals in organization history.
He helped electrify the Knicks fan base for more than six years. He made his last All-Star team in his final season with the Knicks in 2016-17. He would later play for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers.
He ends his career as a 10-time All-Star, the 2012-23 NBA scoring champion, NCAA champion with Syracuse, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.
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Anthony averaged 22.5 points per game for his career and shot 44.7% from the field.