After 19 seasons in the NBA, the legendary player shared a goodbye video on his social media accounts

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One of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA is stopping after 19 years. Carmelo Anthony is announcing his retirement from basketball courts with an amazing career. The player announced his decision through a video posted on his social media accounts this Monday.

“I remember the days when I had nothing. Just a ball on the court and a dream of something more,” he said on the video. “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. It’s a bittersweet goodbye to the NBA.”

Anthony, 38, leaves the NBA as the ninth top-scorer player in the league’s history, with 18,289 points. Only LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal scored more points than him in the league.

Besides that, he ended his career with a total of 7,807 rebounds, 3,422 assists, 1,224 steals and 643 blocks. He also had 173 double-doubles and two triple-doubles in his 1,260 games played. With passages in the Denver Nuggets (2003-2010), New York Knicks (2011-2017), Oklahoma City Thunder (2018), Houston Rockets (2019), Portland Trail Blazers (2020, 2021) and Los Angeles Lakers (2022), he has never won a ring.

Besides the NBA

Carmelo Anthony didn’t have a great career only in the NBA. In fact, he has great achievements with the USA national team in the Olympics and also with the Syracuse University, during his college career. He won the NCAA championship in 2003, before going to the NBA, and was elected the MVP of the finals.

With the national team he has won three Golden Medals in the Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016), as well as a Bronze Medal in 2004. Until today he holds the following records in Olympics Basketball:

  • Most points in a game – 37 vs. Nigeria in 2012
  • Most three-pointers made in a game – 10 vs. Nigeria in 2012
  • Most free-throws made without missing – 13 for 13 vs. Argentina in 2008
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