Carmelo Anthony Writes Goodbye Letter to New York
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony always dreamed of coming home to play in New York, and despite how things ended he still has only good things to say.

Now that Carmelo Anthony is safely away from the New York Knicks he can finally tell the city of New York how he feels. The Brooklyn native penned a letter on his website that was addressed to “NEW YORK.”

Anthony describes his beginnings in New York during his opening.

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.

The ten-time All-Star says why he came to New York. He wanted to “make his mark.” We already knew that.

I came to NYC to B (Be) Born again. The sense of something extraordinary happening left me with a lot of sleepless nights dreaming of possibilities. The one thing I kept telling myself was ‘Make my mark in NYC and I’d be a made man’.

Despite his abrupt departure, Anthony also states how he was blessed to play in New York. It was just time to move on.

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.

Anthony was traded by the Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a draft pick.

Due to Melo’s declining play and Phil Jackson putting him down all season long, New York was only able to get a modest return for their franchise player.

Anthony looked happy when he was greeted by cheering Oklahoma City Thunder fans this weekend, and he was likely even more pleased not to face the firing squad of the New York media at training camp.

It’s still good to move on for everyone involved.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.