Carmelo Anthony, who won an NCAA championship and spent 19 years in the NBA, announced his retirement on Monday. Anthony is the No. 9 scorer in the league’s history, with 28,289 points, behind LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki, Wilt Chamberlain, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Anthony has been named to the All-NBA First Team six times and to the All-NBA Second Team ten times. He has also won the scoring title once. Anthony was the tournament’s most valuable player in 2003, and his Syracuse Orange team won the national championship that year. He was a part of three gold medal-winning USA Basketball teams and competed in 31 Olympic games.
Anthony mentioned his gratitude towards the places and people who helped shape his career, saying, “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.” He expressed his excitement about watching his son Kiyan, a highly rated high school shooting guard, grow and develop.
Following his 2003 third-overall selection, Anthony played for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. His final season with the Lakers was last year.
Anthony said his legacy is more than basketball, saying, “Because my story has always been more than basketball. My legacy, my son…I will forever continue through you. The time has come for you to carry this torch.” Anthony’s retirement is now official, and his story will forever be remembered in the world of basketball.