The NBA’s ring tradition has turned Corridor of Fame-caliber gamers with out championships into gamers with careers that needs to be forgotten.
Carmelo Anthony is dismissing that notion now that he is formally retired.
In his 19-year profession, Anthony put up Corridor of Fame numbers, averaging 22.5 factors per recreation.
That quantity was 24.8 all through his time with the Denver Nuggets in New York Knicks.
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Nonetheless, Melo was by no means in a position to win a coveted ring.
He solely received one playoff collection with the Knicks, and he by no means performed in an NBA Finals, though he did come shut in 2009 with the Denver Nuggets.
The identical day Anthony formally retired, his former Nuggets crew clinched its first-ever journey to the NBA Finals.
However Anthony, the NBA’s ninth-leading scorer all time, says he is driving into the sundown “at peace.”
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“That doesn’t trouble me no extra; that concept that you just’re a loser for those who don’t win a championship,” he instructed Sports activities Illustrated. “For me, I’ve received. I received again in 2003, the night time I shook David Stern’s hand on that [draft] stage. I made it out of Purple Hook. I’ve received at life. The ring is the one factor I didn’t get. It might’ve been a fantastic accomplishment, however I don’t remorse it as a result of I really feel like I did the whole lot I might to get it.”
The ten-time All-Star was the freshman phenom who took house the 2003 nationwide championship with Syracuse, he received three Olympic gold medal and he was named to the NBA seventy fifth Anniversary Staff final 12 months.
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If and when he makes the Corridor of Fame, he’ll be part of the likes of Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and loads of others who didn’t win a championship.