Former Nuggets and Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony has officially called it quits.
This comes after a season in which he was unsigned and just sat on the list of available free agents. Anthony, 38, made the announcement in a video on social media.
Thank you #STAYME7O pic.twitter.com/4au8cOd13s
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) May 22, 2023
“Basketball was my outlet,” he said in the video.
Anthony was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, just two picks behind close friend LeBron James and one ahead of legendary guard Dwyane Wade.
Anthony spent 19 seasons in the NBA, and actually spent time with six different teams — the Nuggets (2003-11), Knicks (2011-17), Thunder (2017-18), Rockets (2018-19), Trail Blazers (2019-21) and Lakers (2021-22).
He is ninth all-time on the NBA scoring list with 28,289 career points, leading the league in points per game in 2013-14 at 28.7. He’s also a 10-time Olympic champion.
“Anthony’s career could be summed up thusly: He was a bucket,” wrote David Aldridge of The Athletic. “For much of his career (until the last few years of itinerant wandering from spot to spot), few players in the game were better at putting the brown ball through the metal hoop.”
On a personal note, I always found Anthony to be a class act when it came to the media-player relationship. Hoops Wire wishes him well in future endeavors.
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