American basketball star Carmelo Anthony has announced his retirement from the NBA after an illustrious 20-year career. Coming into the league in the iconic 2003 with legends like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, Anthony grew into becoming one of the faces of the NBA.
Thanks to his incredible scoring ability, Melo became a household name playing for teams like the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers. Over 20 seasons in the league, Melo has scored 28,289 making him the ninth all-time scorer in league history.
On the back of this scoring ability, Anthony won the 2012-13 Scoring title along with earning appearances in six All-NBA teams, the 2003-04 All-Rookie team, 10 All-star teams and the NBA 75th Anniversary Team which included the 75 best players in NBA history.
Announcing his retirement, Carmelo Anthony made a statement through his YouTube account and thanked basketball for giving him this magical life. He further expressed that his son, Kai Anthony will carry his basketball legacy forward.
Check out the statement here:
In the video, Anthony said: “I remember the days when I had nothing. Just a ball on a court with a dream of something more. But basketball was my outlet. My purpose was strong, my communities, the cities I represented with pride and the fans that supported me along the way."
"I am forever grateful for those people and places cause they made me Carmelo Anthony. But now the time has come for me to say goodbye. … With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I’m excited about what the future holds for me.”