Carmelo Anthony announces retirement from basketball at 38
Carmelo Anthony, the ninth-highest scorer in the history of the NBA, has retired from basketball after 19 seasons.
The 38-year-old made his announcement on social media on Monday morning.
Anthony was a 10-time All-Star who scored 28,289 points with six different teams. He did not play this season and last played with the Lakers in 2021-22.
Anthony played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Lakers.
‘I remember the days when I had nothing,’ Anthony said in the video. ‘Just a ball on a court and a dream of something more. 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 because they made me Carmelo Anthony.
‘But now the time has come for me to say goodbye to the court where I made my name, to the game that gave me purpose and pride. But this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I am excited about what the future holds for me.
‘When people ask me what I believe my legacy is, it’s not my feats on the court that come to mind. Nor the awards or praise. Because my story has always been more than basketball.
‘My legacy, my son, that’s in you. I will forever continue through you. Because the time has come for you to carry this torch. So Kiyan, chase you dreams. Let nothing hold you back. Let nothing intervene.
‘My legacy, now and forever, lives on through you. And I will always be proud of all that you do. Peace.’