Carmelo Anthony doesn’t regret not winning an NBA championship


Carmelo Anthony announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday morning, and the 6-foot-7 forward made it clear that he doesn’t regret not winning a championship because he believes he’s still a winner.

“I’m at peace,” Anthony told Sports Illustrated after the announcement. “That doesn’t bother me no more; that idea that you’re a loser if you don’t win a championship.”

According to a few NBA betting sites, the Denver Nuggets remain the odds-on favorite to win the championship. Sportsbooks are giving the Miami Heat the next-best odds.

“For me, I’ve won. I won back in 2003, the night I shook David Stern’s hand on that [draft] stage,” Carmelo Anthony added. “I made it out of Red Hook. I’ve won at life.

“The ring is the only thing I didn’t get. It would’ve been a great accomplishment, but I don’t regret it, because I feel like I did everything I could to get it.”

Furthermore, Carmelo Anthony admitted that Kiyan, his 16-year-old son, is the only reason why he decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2021-22 season. At the time, Anthony was contemplating retirement.

“I always told him, ‘When you get to high school, I’m retiring.’ That was always our thing,” Carmelo Anthony mentioned. “Then [as he started high school] the Lakers called, and he told me, ‘Dad, I’ll be O.K., you should go.’

“Even with LeBron [James] there, I wouldn’t have done it without Kiyan pushing me. So, to be able to spend time with him in the gym, on his work ethic? With school? I can be a father to him every day. It’s perfect timing.”

In addition to being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2004, Anthony received two All-NBA Second-Team selections (2010, 2013) and four All-NBA Third-Team selections (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012).

Carmelo Anthony led the league in scoring with the Knicks in the 2012-13 season, averaging 28.7 points per game through 67 starts. In 2021, the future Hall of Fame forward was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

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