Carmelo Anthony announced his retirement from basketball

At the end of a full season spent as a free agent, just days shy of his 39th birthday, Carmelo Anthony has announced his retirement from playing basketball. He did so with a video message posted on his own social media: “My story has always been beyond basketball.” said ‘Melo.

He says goodbye to basketball one of the NBA icons of the 2000s, who despite never winning a title certainly made his mark on the league forever. Between Denver, New York, Oklahoma City, Houston, Portland, and most recently the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony collected 10 All Star Games and the title of top scorer for the 2012-13 season. He is considered by many to be one of the best forwards ever, and in his career he has maintained 22.5 point average.

But ‘Melo was more than just an NBA player, he was a symbol of Team USA, with whom he won three gold medals and one bronze medal at the Olympics. At Syracuse he won the 2003 NCAA title before being chosen as the third overall call-up by the Nuggets in the same draft as friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Last year Carmelo Anthony was named to the list of the 75 best players in NBA history.

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