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Carmelo Anthony’s final wave to NBA

Kriralok Desk: Carmelo Anthony has declared about his uncertain retirement in NBA. The basketball icon in the NBA history has a career spanning nearly two decades.

The ten-time NBA All-Star, in a heartfelt video message, expressed his gratitude to the game which provided him purpose and pride, and he called his decision to retire “bittersweet.” Following Anthony’s announcement of retirement, former coaches, teammates, and fans expressed their admiration and appreciation for his illustrious career.

Born on May 29, 1984, in the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, New York City, Anthony led the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team to a national championship in the 2003 NCAA Division men’s basketball tournament. His outstanding performance during the tournament earned him the title of NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

After just one season at Syracuse, Anthony entered the 2003 NBA draft. He was selected as the third overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. Then he began his professional career leading all rookies in scoring with an average of 21 points per game during his first season.

Throughout his career, Anthony played for several NBA teams, including the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and finally, the Los Angeles Lakers. He amassed 28,289 career points and placed himself in the ninth among NBA career scoring leaders.

Carmelo Anthony represented the United States in four Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in 2004 and gold medals in 2008, 2012, and 2016. With his impressive Olympic record, Anthony became the US Olympic team’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, and games played. His contributions to the US national team and international basketball have left a lasting impact on the sport.

Throughout his career, Anthony collected numerous awards and accolades which includes, Ten-time NBA All-Star, NBA scoring champion (2012-2013), Six-time All-NBA Team member, Member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim tweeted a heartfelt message, stating, “I am honored to have been a part of your legendary career, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also praised Anthony, saying, “Carmelo Anthony is one of the NBA’s all-time great players and ambassadors. We congratulate him on a remarkable 19-year career and look forward. “Now the time has come for me to say goodbye to the game that gave me purpose and pride.”

Anthony, played seven of his 19 NBA seasons with the Knicks, said through his video message. He also said “I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on the court and a dream with something more. But basketball was my outlet.” The Brooklyn born Anthony says it in his last note, giving his final wave to the court.