Carmelo Anthony is several months away from returning to the business of basketball, but on Thursday he announced his arrival in the soccer business -- as an owner.

The Knicks forward will be the sole owner of the North American Soccer League franchise Puerto Rico FC, which is to begin play in the fall of 2016.

"It is an honor for me to bring back soccer to Puerto Rico, my beloved Island, birthplace of my father, and a special place that as you know, I carry with pride in my heart and soul," Anthony said.

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He continued, "I can promise a world-class organization in a world-class league, with a strong social mission to provide kids the opportunity to participate in this growing sport."

Anthony promised his involvement with the soccer club would not distract him from playing basketball.