Basketball player Carmelo Anthony retires at the age of 38: “Basketball was my outlet”

Carmelo Anthony won three Olympic gold medals with the United States. — © AP

American Carmelo Anthony (38) has announced his basketball retirement via social media. The American never reached the NBA finals in his career, but he did win three gold medals at the Olympic Games. Anthony played nineteen seasons in the NBA and ranks ninth in the league’s all-time leading scorer standings.

Maxime CaeymanBron: BELGIAN

Carmelo Anthony hangs up his basketball shoes at the age of 38. The American player announced the news on Monday via social media. “I remember the days when I had nothing, just a ball on the field and a dream with something more. Basketball was my outlet. But now the time has come to say goodbye: to the basketball court where I made a name for myself, to the game that gave me purpose and pride,” says Anthony, who did not play in the 2022-2023 season. He played his last game with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 5, 2022.

Anthony was picked up by the Denver Nuggets in 2003, in the same draft as LeBron James, and played 19 seasons in the NBA. With a total of 28,289 points, ‘Melo’ is ninth in the league’s all-time top scorer ranking. The New Yorker never reached the NBA finals in his career. In 2009, Anthony came close, but was eliminated by the Lakers in the Conference Finals with the Denver Nuggets. He won three gold medals in a row with the USA at the Olympic Games from 2008 to 2016.

Anthony played for the Denver Nuggets (2003-2011), New York Knicks (2011-2017), Oklahoma City Thunder (2017-2019), Houston Rockets (2018-2019), Portland Trail Blazers (2019-2021) and Los Angeles Lakers (2021-2022). A week before his 39th birthday, he waves goodbye to basketball with ten All-Star Game appearances to his name.

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