Carmelo Anthony recently announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NBA.
At age 38, Anthony’s been in the NBA since 2003 when he was drafted to the Denver Nuggets where he spent seven consecutive seasons. He went on to play for the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and finally the Los Angeles Lakers.
The athlete told Sports Illustrated that he is “at peace” with his retirement. When speaking of not having a championship under his belt, Anthony said, “That doesn’t bother me no more,” according to SI.
In his eyes, Anthony believes he won the day he was drafted and began to create a better life for himself.
“I won back in 2003, the night I shook David Stern’s hand on that [draft] stage. I made it out of Red Hook. I’ve won at life,” Anthony said during the SI interview.
He leaves the game behind having scored 28,289 points in his career, making him the ninth-highest scorer in NBA history.
Here’s to a happy and healthy retirement!
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Columbia College Chicago
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