Carmelo Anthony Decides To Retire

Former NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony | Image by Leonard Zhukovsky, Shutterstock

Former NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony announced on Monday that he’s retiring from basketball.

The 38-year-old Anthony did not play this season after hoping to land one, last free-agent deal. He ends his career as the league’s ninth-leading all-time scorer, having played 19 seasons (one for the Houston Rockets in 2018-2019).

Anthony led Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA men’s basketball championship and was selected third in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. LeBron James was selected first.

“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 on Twitter.

Anthony finished with a career average of 22.5 points per game. He played most of his career with the Nuggets (2003-2011) and New York Knicks (2011-2016).

“I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on the court and a dream of something more,” Anthony said. “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 because they made me Carmelo Anthony.”

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