In a time where legendary sports figures are venerated, few can match the mesmerizing journey of NBA Star Carmelo Anthony.
We’ve all watched him evolve from a promising college athlete, to an NBA superstar. We have seen him leap into professional basketball, through his exceptional performance at the Olympics, and his vital role in the rejuvenation of the New York Knicks.
It’s a journey that has captured the imagination of millions.
How Experts View His Retirement
We spoke to John Smith, founder of StarTickets, and asked him how Carmelo Anthony’s retirement will affect his team and the final moments of his career.
Smith said, “We are privileged to witness the career of Carmelo Anthony, a true sports giant whose remarkable impact goes beyond the boundaries of the basketball court.
His inspiring career is a testament to dedication, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of greatness. Athletes of his caliber are few and far between, so it’s sad to see him retire.
Because Anthony hasn’t stuck to a team since 2017, his retirement won’t dramatically affect the Los Angeles Lakers performance. He is retiring on a high, and no one can ask for more than that.”
Anthony Through The Years
As we remember Anthony’s talent, we want to highlight some of the amazing performances throughout his career.
NCAA Championship (2003)
Before his NBA journey began, Anthony led Syracuse University to an NCAA championship in his freshman year, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Despite his rookie station, Anthony led the team in minutes played, rebounding, and even scoring. He also led in field goals made and free throws both made and attempted.
From the start, Anthony was a legend.
NBA Rookie of the Year (2003-2004)
Anthony quickly adapted to the NBA, earning the Rookie of the Year title with the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 21 points per game.
In his 6th ever NBA game, Anthony became the second youngest player in NBA history to score 30 or more points in a single game. The youngest player ever was Kobe Bryant.
Scoring Title (2012-2013)
In the 2012-2013 season, Anthony claimed the NBA scoring title – an achievement indicative of his remarkable offensive skills.
Carmelo’s exceptional performance has led to ten NBA All-Star appearances, cementing his place among the basketball greats.
Olympic Gold Medals (2008, 2012, 2016)
Anthony is a three-time Olympic gold medallist with Team USA, highlighting his ability to perform at the highest level on the global stage.
He won gold in Beijing (2008), in London (2012), and in Rio de Janeiro (2016), while his bronze medal was in Athens (2004).
In 2006, Anthony won bronze at the World Championship in Japan too.
Portland Trail Blazers Miracle (2020)
Anthony signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers and led a remarkable turnaround for the team, earning them a playoff spot in the 2020 season.
During that time he also increased his own career statistics by creating new season high scores each game.
Although the Portland Trail Blazers were not the best team, he rejoined the squad as a way to show loyalty to the team which first allowed him to play.
Carmelo Anthony Outside Of Basketball
Beyond his on-court accomplishments, Carmelo Anthony has made significant contributions to various communities.
Carmelo Anthony is well-known for his charity work, particularly in underprivileged communities. In 2006, he donated $1.5 million to the Living Classrooms Foundation, an organization providing hands-on education and job skills training in his hometown of Baltimore.
Carmelo has shown great acumen as a businessman, investing in tech companies, and sports franchises, and becoming a partner in a high-profile NYC soccer team. He also launched his venture capital firm, M7 Tech Partners, in 2013.
Social Justice Advocacy
Carmelo has been an outspoken advocate for social justice. He was part of a powerful statement at the ESPY Awards in 2016 alongside fellow NBA players LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade, calling for an end to police violence and promoting social change.
Carmelo has also made a mark in the fashion world, often featuring in best-dressed lists and participating in New York Fashion Week. He launched his line of hats, called Melo Made, in 2018.
Carmelo Antony was a force to be reckoned with. As soon as he entered the court he dominated the space. No matter what team he worked with, they would end up leading the charge and inspiring everyone around them.
Now that Carmelo Antony has retired, we expect his business ventures and social justice projects to continue that same strength and determination.