Carmelo Anthony Still Hopes To Continue His NBA Career

Former Knicks Star Was Inactive For Majority Of 2018-19 Season

Alec Gearty
November 07, 2019 - 8:10 pm
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Carmelo Anthony is leaving no doubt he wants to extend his NBA career. 

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Nov. 8 will mark 365 days since Anthony last suited up for a team — when his Rockets fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018. Anthony shot 1 for 11 in the loss and was ruled inactive for the rest of the season, parting ways with the team.

He reportedly worked out with several Nets players during the offseason. No team offered the veteran a contract, as Anthony remained a free agent and waited for his next opportunity. 

"I don't want to get into all that," Anthony said Thursday, via SNY. "But I'm surprised, of course. It is what it is at this point. I'm sitting back, waiting to see what happens. Spend time with the family, that's all I can focus on and other things I have going on."

Anthony is 100 percent certain he wants to keep playing. Well, make that "2,000 percent," according to the 10-time All Star. 

The New York native was a force to be wreckoned with during the prime of his career, especially with the Knicks. When Anthony first arrived in New York, he helped lead the Knicks to their first playoff appearance in six years. He set a career-high with 28.7 points per game during the 2012-13 season.

The 35-year-old has yet to officially announce his retirement from the league and could still be a serviceable member off the bench for a contender down the stretch.  

"Melo just wants to have a final season, farewell season, do what D-Wade did. Do the jersey swap," Anthony's trainer Chris Brickley said in July, via CBS Sports. "He had a great career, he's a Hall of Famer. So hopefully that can happen."