Carmelo Anthony says gold in the 2016 Olympics is on his mind –

The Olympic run doesn’t last forever and the USA Basketball Big Three of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul seem to know that. There are still questions about whether or not LeBron will commit for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, and how the roster will shake out, but New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony seems dead set on being there to win his third gold medal for Team USA.

He’s participated in three straight Olympics with LeBron and the last two Olympics with Chris Paul. Getting together for another run with those two seems to be something he really wants, and something he claims the three of them talk about “all the time.” From the New York Post:

“We talk about it all the time,” Anthony said of winning another gold medal with James and Paul. “Just about how we want to go out and end it the next year with the Olympics, just how much we want to take from this experience. I’m going on four [Olympics], LeBron is going on four. Paul going for three. We’re connected by the hip.”

Anthony and James can set a new mark of competing in four Olympiads in basketball and winning three golds.

“I’ve been part of USA since 18 years old,” Anthony said. “There’s history to be made. You got to start holding on to those moments and enjoy them.”

Anthony has actually been through a lot when it comes to Team USA. He was a part of that 2004 team that was such an embarrassment it led to the entire program being revamped. He’s been an incredible weapon for USA Basketball in Olympic play and even averaged 17 points in 16 minutes during the 2012 Games in London. To be able to accomplish a third gold medal after being a part of the bronze winning team in 2004 would show just how serious he helped USA Basketball become.

It does also maybe sound like a player who isn’t in an ideal playing situation in the NBA, grasping onto the one bit of success he’s guaranteed to have. Not to say his comments about wanting gold with his friends and for his country aren’t genuine, but with such a tough road back to prominence that is laid before the Knicks, this would be a nice reminder for Melo of what basketball success could feel like.

Carmelo Anthony talks all the time about wanting gold in 2016. (USATSI)
Carmelo Anthony talks all the time about wanting gold in 2016. (USATSI)


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