Carmelo Anthony Says 'I Will Always Love You' In Goodbye Letter To New York

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony Says 'I Will Always Love You' In Goodbye Letter To New York

"I've had my shining moments, upon this life darkened stage."

Published September 25, 2017

Carmelo Anthony may not miss the New York Knicks after they treated him like anything but an All-Star forward with direct disrespect over the past few years, but he will miss the city. A lot.

After being traded from the Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend, Melo took to his Instagram account earlier today and shared a piece of his moving, passionate goodbye letter to New York.

Tried to get all my words out, but Insta gave me a character limit.. my entire letter is on my site (link in bio) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dear NEW YORK, From the day I first met you, I knew we were meant to be together. It was love at first sight. From a very young age you taught me something that I will never forget- how to survive within the belly of the beast. I must admit it was scary, frightening at times. But, not fully aware of my purpose, I was being molded and prepared for the rest of my life without even knowing. My first nine years went by so fast. By the time I really was starting to understand, it was time for me to move on and start another chapter in my life. That chapter was called BALTIMORE. Instantly, I’d fallen in love again. (Hence the saying LOVE HAS NO BARRIERS). I guess I was all too familiar with the Belly of the Beast. I learned how to survive, I learned the sense of community, I learned about responsibility, as well as becoming a P.O.M.E (Product Of My Environment). You catch my drift. Then I had to depart again to go on this long journey where my ART OF WAR skills would be tested. Lots of good times and lots of bad times. Losing myself at times, questioning myself in the midst of finding KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, and UNDERSTANDING. Several years, months, days, hours, seconds went by and I found myself having an opportunity to get back with my first love. (Its called CIPHER in my lessons). It was a sense of rebirth...

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"New York equipped me to make it in any other place in the world. It taught me how to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable," Melo wrote in the letter. "Saying Goodbye is the hardest thing to do. I never thought I would, especially to you. No one will ever take your place. It’s hard to find someone like you, so know you will always be missed. You helped me laugh. You dried my tears. Because of you, I have no fears. You came into my life and I was blessed. It’s time to raise my hand and say goodbye. It’s not the end, because like I’ve always said, NYC ‘til the end."

He added, "I’ve known you for years now, and I must say they’ve been the best years I’ve ever had. You helped me become the person I am today. I just want you to know YOU will always be in my heart. No matter what happens, I will always LOVE YOU. Although this goodbye is just temporary, this is the hardest goodbye for me to say. I wipe the tears off my cheek and smile at the same time because I know that we will meet again someday."

That being said, the 33-year-old All-Star forward begins the next chapter of his career today, as he's slated to hold court at the Thunder's media day this afternoon.

To read his full goodbye letter to New York, click here.

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Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Edward Berthelot/GC Images)

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