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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Former Knicks Carmelo Anthony Announces Retirement After 19 Seasons

Carmelo Anthony has announced his retirement from professional basketball, capping off a 19-year career.

He last played with the Lakers, but would go as an unsigned free agent during the 2022/23 season.

Anthony began his career in 2004 and would find himself playing for the New York Knicks after the 2010/11 trade deadline. New York acquired the forward in what was one of the largest trades in the organization’s history.

New York sent Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a first-round pick, and two second-round picks to Denver in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman.

The Brooklyn native would become the face of the MSG team for his seven seasons spent there.

“The Garden,” Anthony said in 2014. “They call it The Mecca for a reason.”

Melo started in all 462 of his games with New York, averaging 35 minutes and 24 points-per-game, with a .444 FG%.

He stands 7th all-time for New York Knicks total career points, posting 10,186 while on the team.

Carmelo Anthony is almost guaranteed a spot in the hall of fame, being one of the greatest players of this generation. What he did, especially in New York, cannot be replicated.

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