The NBA has been hit hard by a string of star power defections over the past few weeks.
Many players, including Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, have taken to social media in recent days to announce their retirement, including a tweet from Westbrook.
Westbrook’s tweet has been shared more than 300,000 times.
The Twitter account of former New York Knicks star Anthony has more than 2 million followers, and the NBA’s official Instagram account has more the NBA players who have signed up to follow them.
The NBA players have also retweeted posts by other players, like NBA star and former New Orleans Pelicans forward Carmelo D’Antoni, who said he would be retiring after this season.
D’Antona said in a tweet on Tuesday that he will “never be a player again.”
He added: “This is a game, a family and a community, and we have all made mistakes and I’m not going to pretend otherwise.”
A couple of weeks ago, LeBron James also tweeted a picture of himself and a few teammates on a flight.
James has been on the court for a lot longer than most NBA players, but his retirement has been the most dramatic of any player in the NBA.
He said he had planned to retire after the 2019-20 season, but then decided to join the Warriors and signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension in July.
He also was a finalist for the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star Game MVP award, which he won in March.
James’ announcement on Tuesday marked the latest in a string that began in late April when former Indiana Pacers star Kevin Love, who is the league’s highest-paid player, announced his retirement.
He said he was leaving the NBA after one season to focus on his family.
Love and Love’s agent, Rich Paul, said last week that they had reached a settlement.
A tweet from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant on Tuesday morning said he is retiring after the 2020-21 season.
Durant had been in the league for five seasons.
He had been a starter since the 2016-17 season, and is the highest-salaried player in NBA history.NBA star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with the media after a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.
NBA star LeBron Jones of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim reacts to a shot during the second quarter of a game on April 11, 2019.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavs 106-93.
(Photo: Mike Blake, USA TODAY Sports)Kevin Durant, left, of the Golden States Warriors talks with players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against Los Angeles on April 9, 2019 in Los Angels, California, USA.
Kevin Durant is retiring from the NBA because of health reasons, the Oklahoma City and Los Angeles Times reported.
(Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant (8) drives past Los Angeles Sparks guard Ty Lawson (14) during the third quarter of an NHL hockey game in Los Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, April 10.
The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 101-93.(AP Photo/Ben Margot)Kevin Love of the Chicago Bulls speaks with teammates after being called for a flagrant foul against the San Antonio Spurs on April 4, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.
Love was fined $7,000 by the NBA for a second flagrant and will serve the remainder of the season.
(Tom Szczerbowski, Associated Press)LeBron James, left and Carmelo Dion of the New Orleans Hornets celebrate a basket during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball season game against Orlando Magic on March 31, 2020.
The Knicks won 97-85.(AP Photos/Tony Gutierrez)Kevin Garnett, left to right, of The Boston Celtics, David Robinson of the Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards speak during a timeout in the second half of the NBA basketball team game against The New Orleans Saints at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, March 31.
(Jae C. Hong/Associated Images)Lebron James of The Miami Heat takes a shot against the Boston Bruins during the NBA NBA basketball NBA basketball basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Red Sox at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2021.
The Heat won 95-80.(AP photo/Steve Mitchell)Melo Anthony of the Detroit Pistons holds up his trophy after being named the NBA Rookie of the Year during the preseason NBA basketball action at the United Center in Miami.
The Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championship for the second time in three years.
(AP Photo)Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets speaks with team officials after being selected as a member of the 2016 NBA All-Rookie team during the 2016 season in Brooklyn, New York. (Evan V