Ex-Knicks star Carmelo Anthony retires from NBA
Former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is retiring from the NBA, he announced Monday morning on his social media.
The 38-year-old was a 10-time All-Star -- six of which came while with New York -- and the 2013 scoring champion.
"I remember the days when I had nothing," Anthony said in a video. "Just a ball on the court and a dream of something more. But 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, because they made me Carmelo Anthony.
"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. But this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I am excited about what the future holds for me. When people ask what I believe my legacy is, it's not my feats on the court that come to mind nor the awards or praise -- because my story has always been more than basketball.
"My legacy, my son (Kiyan Anthony), it's in you -- I will forever continue through you, because the time has come for you to carry this torch. So, Kiy, chase your dreams. Let nothing hold you back. Let nothing intervene. My legacy, now and forever, lives on through you. And I will always be proud of all that you do. Peace."
Across six full seasons with the Knicks from 2012-17, Anthony started all 385 regular-season games he played in and averaged 24.6 points, seven rebounds and 3.2 assists over 35.9 minutes. Anthony averaged 26.3 points in 27 regular-season games with the Knicks during the second half of the 2010-11 season.
The Knicks acquired him in a Feb. 22, 2011, trade with the Denver Nuggets, where he started his career as the 2003 NBA Draft's No. 3 overall pick.
His post-Knicks career included stints with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2017-18), Houston Rockets (2018-19), Portland Trail Blazers (2019-21) and Los Angeles Lakers (2021-22).
Anthony, who was a one-and-done star at Syracuse as the 2003 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in the Orange's national championship run, is a New York native by way of Brooklyn.
Kiyan Anthony, his son, attends Christ the King High School in Queens and is a four-star shooting guard in the 2025 recruiting class.