NBA legend Carmelo Anthony announced Monday that he would be retiring after 19 seasons playing the game.
Anthony, 39, posted a video to Twitter saying “the time has come for me to say goodbye.”
“I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on the court and a dream of something more,” Anthony said in the video, which showed highlights from his career. “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.”
Thank you #STAYME7O pic.twitter.com/4au8cOd13s
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) May 22, 2023
“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. “With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I am excited about what the future holds for me.”
Anthony said his legacy is his son, saying Kiyan will “carry this torch.” (RELATED: Carmelo Anthony Says He’s ‘Up In The Air’ About Playing When The NBA Returns)
“My legacy, now and forever, lives on through you. And I will always be proud of all that you do.”
Anthony scored 28,289 points throughout his 19-season career. Anthony spent his last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, though he also played with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets.