Even before he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft, Carmelo Anthony knew that someday, he’d be forced to part ways with the game he loved.
Anthony is starting to realize his playing days are almost over. He last appeared in a game in early November, just before the Houston Rockets surprisingly decided to dump Melo despite having some mild success in just ten games with the team.
With his eyes set on joining a contender in the near future, the former New York Knicks star reflected with Huffington Post‘s Tayrn Finley on his inevitable retirement:
I just want to be able to say that I did it. I did it all. I’ve had success, and I’ve had struggles. I’ve had great times. I’ve had bad times, but overall the great outweigh the bad. I put my all into this game. I’ve been playing this game since I was 8 years old. So when it’s all said and done, it’s all said and done. It’s a real retirement. It’s not a retirement from when I was 19 years old coming into the NBA. It’s a retirement from 8 years old. That’s a long job to have. I’ve been playing that game more than half of my life.
It’s just something you got to come to an agreement with. You got to sit down and really figure, OK, this is what’s going to be. This is how it’s going to end, but you got to feel good about that. You can’t do it on somebody else’s terms. You got to feel good about putting that to bed and moving on to the next phase in life.
The 10x All-Star commented on if he knew when he would officially retire:
I’m sure it’s coming soon. I’d be sitting lying to you if I said it’s not coming soon. I think I want it to come soon. I don’t think I want to do this forever, but because you love it so much, it’s hard to give it up. At the end of the day, at anything you do, when it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go. But as long as you feel good with that.
After the Los Angeles Lakers freed a roster spot less than an hour before the trade deadline, you have to wonder if the team is looking to pair LeBron James with his banana boat brother. The King isn’t opposed to the opportunity.