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Carmelo Anthony Announces His Retirement From the NBA

Carmelo Anthony Announces His Retirement: "The Time Has Come"

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 3: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on April 3, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony is hanging up his jersey, announcing his retirement from basketball after 19 seasons in the NBA. Anthony posted a video on social media officially saying goodbye. "Thank you #STAYME7O," he captioned the post.

In his announcement, Anthony reflected on his accomplishments in the NBA with fondness, sharing game footage and clips from his college and professional careers.

"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."

"I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on the court and a dream of something more. But basketball was my outlet," Anthony said. He then thanked the people and communities that supported him along the way. "I am forever grateful for those people and places because they made me Carmelo Anthony," he said.

"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. With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I'm excited about what the future holds for me."

He also talked about passing on the torch to his 16-year-old son, Kiyan, who he shares with TV personality and actress Lala Anthony.

"When people ask what I believe my legacy is, it's not my feats on the court that come to mind, nor the awards or praise. 'Cause my story has always been more than basketball," Anthony said. "My legacy, my son, it's in you. I will forever continue through you. 'Cause the time has come for you to carry this torch. So Ki, face your dreams. Let nothing hold you back. Let nothing intervene. My legacy, now and forever, lives on through you. And I'll always be proud of all that you do."

Anthony ends his career as a 10-time NBA All-Star and the league's ninth all-time leading scorer. We're wishing this legend the best of luck on his next adventure.

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