After an illustrious 19-year career, Carmelo Anthony, the 10-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA selection, officially announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday. A scoring maestro, Anthony leaves behind a lasting legacy as one of the greatest players to grace the basketball court. With multiple honours, including inclusion on the elite list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history, Anthony’s impact on the game will be recognised for the rest of his life.
Carmelo Anthony, the third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, wraps up his remarkable career, with his last appearance on the court as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. His retirement solidifies his place as the ninth-highest scorer in league history, trailing only the likes of legendary names such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan. Anthony’s ability to put the ball in the hoop was genuinely unrivalled, with a total of 28,289 points.
From the Courts to the Hall of Fame: Carmelo Anthony’s Enduring Legacy
In an emotional video statement, Anthony reflected on his humble origins and extended gratitude to the communities, cities, and fans who helped him along the way. While waving farewell to the NBA, he also shared his excitement for the future.
Anthony’s influence stretches beyond his stellar NBA career. His legacy includes being recognised as one of the NBA’s greatest players and ambassadors of all time. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver praised Anthony’s incredible 19-year career and expressed excitement at his entrance into the Hall of Fame, recognising his major contributions to the game.
Former and current NBA players flocked to social media to congratulate Carmelo Anthony on his retirement. The outpouring of love and support from both former colleagues and competitors shows the respect and regard he earned throughout his career.
While Anthony did not reach the NBA Finals throughout his career, he did experience the pleasure of victory on other occasions. Notably, during his college years, he led Syracuse to its first national championship in 2003 and represented Team USA, winning three Olympic gold medals and one bronze.
Anthony’s journey will continue in international basketball as he remains an ambassador for the Basketball World Cup, FIBA’s premier event. This summer, the competition will be held in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia, ensuring that Anthony’s involvement in the sport persists.
Anthony’s career began with the Denver Nuggets, where he displayed his extraordinary abilities and earned a spot in the team’s history. Later, he played for the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Houston Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony continually impressed both fans and opponents during his time with several teams.
Will his son take his path?
As Anthony bids farewell to the court, he looks forward to supporting his son Kiyan, a highly talented high school shooting guard, and passing on his basketball legacy. Reflecting on his retirement, Anthony emphasised that his impact extends beyond the court, encompassing his son and the values he instilled in him.