Carmelo Anthony, one of the highest scorers in NBA history, has announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the league.
The announcement was made on a video posted to Twitter by Carmelo Anthony.
First drafted in the NBA in 2003 by the Denver Nuggets, the 38-year-old is retiring after 19 seasons in the league. The played his last game in April 2022 for Los Angeles Lakers.
“I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on a court and a dream of something more,” Anthony said in the video. “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 ’cause they made me Carmelo Anthony.”
“But now the time has come for me to say goodbye … With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I’m excited about what the future holds for me.”
He was traded by the Nuggets to the New York Knicks in 2011. He had brief stints at the Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers.
“I am forever grateful for those people and places because they made me,” he added.
“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.”