The NBA's wild offseason got even wilder when the New York Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Dough McDermott, and a second-round draft pick over the weekend. The move not only added to the Western Conference's overload of talent, but also signaled the end of an era in Knicks history. Over the course of seven seasons spent in New York, Carmelo led the Knicks to the playoffs three times.
Now that the dust has settled from the trade, Carmelo has released an emotional farewell letter to the city of New York detailing his love for the city and how it molded him through the years. Carmelo references his first nine years of growing up in the city and how "New York equipped me to make it in any other place in the world. It taught me how to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable."
He added: "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."
Though Carmelo leaves behind a complicated legacy in New York, he is without a doubt one of the greatest players to ever suit up in a Knicks jersey. During his seven seasons with the Knicks, he made six All-Star appearances, three All-NBA Teams, won the scoring title in 2013, and is one of only seven Knicks to score more than 10,000 points in the franchises history.