Former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony pronounces NBA retirement

Carmelo Anthony, the Brooklyn-born former Knicks star who scored the ninth-most elements in NBA historic previous, announced his retirement Monday after 19 seasons.

The ten-time All-Star averaged 22.5 elements per recreation for his career and helped revitalize a New York workforce that hadn’t posted a worthwhile season in a decade sooner than his arrival in 2011.

Anthony, 38, moreover carried out for the Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Path Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers, ultimate exhibiting in a recreation in the midst of the 2021-22 season.

“The time has come for me to say goodbye to the court docket the place I made my identify, to the sport that gave me objective and delight,” Anthony acknowledged in a video announcement. “With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I’m enthusiastic about what the long run holds for me.”

Anthony carried out one season of college basketball with Syracuse, foremost the Orange to an NCAA title in 2003. The Nuggets chosen him third complete inside the NBA Draft that 12 months, and he accomplished second in rookie of the 12 months voting to LeBron James.

The 6-foot-7 Anthony spent his first eight years with Denver sooner than a mid-season commerce in 2011 to the upstart Knicks, who had added fellow star forward Amar’e Stoudemire in the midst of the sooner offseason. New York accomplished the 2010-11 season at 42-40 — their first worthwhile report since 2000-01 — and made the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

The Knicks have been swept by the Celtics of their first-round sequence that 12 months. They licensed as soon as extra for the playoffs in 2011-12 nonetheless suffered one different opening-round exit, falling in 5 video video games to the Miami Warmth.

Anthony turned in his best season with the Knicks in 2012-13, foremost the NBA with 28.7 elements per recreation to clinch the one scoring title of his career. The Knicks accomplished as a result of the No. 2 seed inside the Japanese Convention and beat the Celtics inside the first spherical of the playoffs, marking their first postseason sequence win since 2000. They’ve been knocked out inside the second spherical by the Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks didn’t make the playoffs as soon as extra all through Anthony’s tenure, which ended with a commerce to the Thunder in the midst of the 2017 offseason. Anthony averaged 24.7 elements per recreation with the Knicks and was named to the All-Star workforce all through each of his six full seasons with New York. His 62 elements on Jan. 24, 2014, keep the Knicks’ and Madison Sq. Backyard’s single-game report.

After starting every recreation he carried out with Denver, New York and Oklahoma Metropolis, Anthony transitioned to a bench perform in the direction of the tip of his career. He scored 13.3 elements per recreation for the Lakers all through his closing season.

Anthony scored 28,289 elements in his career, made six All-NBA teams and was included on the league’s Seventy fifth-anniversary roster of the most effective players in historic previous. He moreover gained three Olympic gold medals with the Workforce U.S.A. basketball workforce and is second behind Kevin Durant with 336 career elements all through 4 Summer season Video games.

“When individuals ask what I imagine my legacy is, it’s not my feats on the court docket that come to thoughts, nor the awards or reward, as a result of my story has at all times been greater than basketball,” Anthony acknowledged in his retirement video.

He then spoke about his son, 16-year-old Kiyan Anthony, who has obtained basketball supplies from Division 1 colleges along with Syracuse, Illinois and Indiana.

“My legacy, now and perpetually, lives on by you,” Anthony acknowledged.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver described Anthony as “one of many NBA’s all-time nice gamers and ambassadors.” 

“We congratulate him on a exceptional 19-year profession,” Silver acknowledged Monday, “and stay up for seeing him within the Corridor of Fame.”