Carmelo Anthony Announces NBA Retirement In ‘Bittersweet Goodbye’ Video

Carmelo Anthony has shaken up the basketball world by announcing his retirement from the NBA after a 19-season career. Additionally, the 38-year-old basketball legend has passed the “torch” to his 16-year-old son Kiyan to follow in his footsteps.

Carmelo Anthony Shared The News Via Social Media Monday

On Monday morning, Anthony took to his social media accounts to share a brief video with his fans.

In the clip, Anthony recounted his 19 years in the league. He explained that he is “forever grateful” for the “people and places” that supported him over his career. However, “the time has come” for him to say “goodbye.”

“With this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I am excited about what the future holds for me…”

He explained that he is often asked about what he believes his legacy is. However, he believes his “story has always been more than basketball.”

“My legacy, my son, is in you. I will forever continue through you…”

Anthony then explained that he is passing the “torch” to his son Kiyan. Then Anthony shared an inspiring message for the 16-year-old.

“Because the time has come for you to carry this torch… So Ki — chase your dreams. Let nothing hold you back. Let nothing intervene. My legacy, now and forever, lives on through you. And I’ll always be proud of all that you do…”

According to CNN, Melo’s departure from the NBA league arrives after the 38-year-old has made 10 NBA All-Star appearances. Additionally, his scoring record, which equals 28,289 points, has landed him the ninth spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Furthermore, Anthony has played for six teams in the NBA, including the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers. He has even won three Olympic gold medals.

More About Kiyan Anthony’s Budding Basketball Career

Kiyan Anthony has yet to respond to his father’s announcement publicly. However, it can be inferred that the 16-year-old is eager to follow in his father’s footsteps and beyond. As The Shade Room previously reported, Kiyan Anthony was included in the Spalding HoopHall Classic last December.

The tournament is an annual basketball game that includes the “top high school players and teams from around the country.” Additionally, Kiyan has also received a basketball scholarship from Syracuse University and other top colleges around the country.

Roomies, are you ready to see Kiyan take the reigns and push his and his father’s legacy to new heights?

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