Carmelo Anthony Announces Retirement from NBA after 20-year Career
After an illustrious career spanning two decades, Carmelo Anthony has decided to call it a day and retire from professional basketball. The former Los Angeles Lakers star confirmed his decision through a video montage on Instagram.
A ten-time All-Star, the 38-year-old is considered one of the most prolific scorers in basketball history. Throughout his career, he played for several teams such as Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.
Saying Goodbye to the Game that Gave Him Purpose and Pride
The third overall pick of the 2003 draft by Denver Nuggets said goodbye to basketball with immense pride. In his lengthy statement shared on social media platform Instagram; “I remember standing at my mom’s house in Baltimore watching them reveal I was gonna be number three,”
Anthony continued; “I think back on that moment because while I had dreamed of being drafted into the league for years—hell, almost all my life—it still felt like a surprise somehow. And then suddenly: bam! My name got called.”
“But now the time has come for me to say goodbye: to the court where I made my name…” – Carmelo Anthony
He also talked about how much playing basketball meant to him throughout his life:
“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.”
Over his career, Anthony amassed 28,289 points at an average of 22.5 points per game which put him ninth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He also won three gold medals as a member of the US Olympic team in 2008, 2012 and 2016 along with a bronze medal in 2004.
Carmelo Anthony is widely regarded as one of basketball’s most exciting players to watch ever. He had an incredible ability to score points no matter where he was on the court.
What’s Next for Carmelo?
Carmelo will undoubtedly be missed by basketball fans worldwide, but he has many new opportunities ahead of him! The former Lakers star has already hinted at future projects that he will embark upon after retiring from professional play.
In conclusion, Carmelo Anthony is not just another basketball player – he is a legend who inspired millions around the globe. Though his retirement marks an end to his illustrious career on-court, it opens up several possibilities giving rise to endless opportunities off-court.