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LeBron, Durant, NBA community reacts to Carmelo Anthony retirement

US forward Carmelo Anthony (L) and US fo

US forward Carmelo Anthony (L) and US forward LeBron James (R) celebrate after winning 109-83 against Argentina during the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s semifinal basketball game between Argentina and the USA at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO /TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)

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After 19 NBA seasons of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career, Carmelo Anthony officially announced his retirement.

Always one of the most popular and respected players around the NBA, tributes poured in from players, teams, former coaches and more. That started with his close friend LeBron James, who posted an Instagram story.

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Kevin Durant also used Instagram stories to pay tribute in a hysterical way.

Beyond those two stars, tributes poured in, here is just a sampling.