Carmelo Anthony Trends As Fans React To His Retirement From The NBA After 19 Seasons

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony Trends As Fans React To His Retirement From The NBA After 19 Seasons

Carmelo Anthony is ready to say farewell to his professional days on the basketball court.

On Monday (May 22), Carmelo Anthony took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the NBA at the age of 38. In a video montage highlighting some of his best career moments, Carmelo Anthony — who spent 19 years in the league — said:

I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on the court and a dream with something more. 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.”

Carmelo Anthony

The NBA All-Star went on,

“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.” 

He continued,

“But this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I am excited for what the future holds for me. When people ask what I believe my legacy is, it’s not my feet on the court that comes to mind, nor the awards or praise, because my story has always been more than basketball.”

Carmelo ended his retirement announcement with a message to his 16-year-old son Kiyan, who he shares with actress La La Anthony, 40.

La La, Carmelo and son Kiyan

“My legacy, my son … I will forever continue through you. ‘Cause the time has come for you to carry this torch.”

According to reports, Carmelo finishes his basketball career as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history, a 10-time All-Star, a six-time All-NBA selection, and the no. 9 scorer in league history. He has played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, and the Portland Trail Blazers. He ended his career with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.

Fans have since reacted to the news of Carmelo’s retirement, with most people saddened by his departure from the sport.

See reactions below:

Fellow NBA players also took to Carmelo’s comment section to drop off a few words following his announcement. Former basketball player Iman Shumpert wrote,

“Peace God @carmeloanthony

Long live the 7”

Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul added,

“Stay Me7o”

What are your thoughts on Carmelo Anthony’s retirement? Tell us below! 

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Authored by: Ariel Whitely