Nas and Fats Joe are among the many Hip Hop hoops followers who’ve paid tribute to Carmelo Anthony after the basketball legend introduced his retirement.
Melo bid farewell to his embellished enjoying profession in a video posted to social media on Monday (Could 22), which he captioned with the message: “Thanks #STAYME7O.”
A flexible ahead recognized for his prolific and artful scoring capability, the 38-year-old spent 19 seasons within the NBA, throughout which he was named an NBA All-Star 10 occasions and received the league’s scoring title in 2013.
After being drafted by the Denver Nuggets third general in 2003 NBA draft, Melo spent seven and a half seasons in Colorado and an additional six and a half together with his hometown New York Knicks, earlier than having temporary stints with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Though an NBA championship eluded him, Anthony received an NCAA title with Syracuse in his first and solely 12 months of school and three Olympic gold medals with Workforce USA, making him probably the most embellished basketball Olympian within the nation’s historical past.
“I keep in mind the times after I had nothing — only a ball on a courtroom, and a dream of one thing extra,” Melo mentioned in his retirement announcement, which was soundtracked by Ghostface Killah and Mary J. Blige’s candy 1996 track “All That I Obtained Is You.”
“However basketball was my outlet. My objective was robust, my communities, the cities I represented with pleasure, and the followers that supported me alongside the way in which. I’m eternally grateful for these individuals and locations ’trigger they made me, Carmelo Anthony.”
He continued: “However now the time has come for me to say goodbye. To the courtroom the place I made my title, to the sport that gave me objective and pleasure. However this bittersweet goodbye to the NBA, I’m enthusiastic about what the longer term holds for me.”
Serving to to offer him a correct send-off, Nas narrated a video from Air Jordan paying tribute to Carmelo Anthony’s prolonged NBA profession and, extra importantly, the individuals and locations he represented and impressed whereas placing numbers on the board.
Melo repped Jordan in the course of the peak of his profession and even grew to become the primary athlete not named Michael Jordan to obtain a signature shoe from the model in 2004 following a sensational rookie marketing campaign.
“He didn’t do it for the accolades or the Corridor of Fame votes,” the Queensbridge rapper says within the cinematic clip as numerous jerseys from Melo’s profession are immortalized by adoring followers from all over the world.
“Boy did it for the children from Purple Hook, the crew from the block, Murphy Houses tasks, San Juan, these with hoops desires, desires of hope and past. So after they search for, they see the sky for what it’s: simply one other place for them to fly.”
Nas wasn’t alone in bidding farewell to Melo, as Hip Hop friends like Ludacris, Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, ninth Surprise and Rapsody additionally saluted the longer term NBA Corridor of Famer within the feedback part.
“Merely Thank You,” Luda wrote, whereas Banks echoed that sentiment by commenting: “Thanks for every part you’ve accomplished for basketball.”
ninth heaped excessive reward on Melo, including: “One in all my favourite gamers of ALL time brother. ALL time. A lot love bro.”
In a separate submit on his personal Instagram web page, Knicks die-hard and fellow New Yorker Fats Joe congratulated Melo on an illustrious profession.
“Properly accomplished brother nicely accomplished @carmeloanthony Congratulations you deserve all of the glory,” he wrote subsequent to a photograph of Anthony throughout his days because the chief of the Knicks.
Over on Twitter, Metro Boomin added to the tributes by sharing a photograph of Anthony dueling with the late Kobe Bryant throughout his early profession with the Nuggets.
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) Could 22, 2023