Who is the USA’s greatest men’s basketball player? David Robinson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant, but what about Carmelo Anthony.
Melo is quietly putting together an international resume that is unrivaled by everyone to put on a jersey for the US. No one has represented the USA in the Olympics as much as the New York Knick superstar this being his fourth time wearing the red, white, and blue. David Robinson and LeBron James are the only players to see action in three Olympics.
Barring a shocking result in the medal rounds like in 2004 where the US finished with the bronze medal, Anthony will walk away with his third gold medal and fourth overall.
In today’s sports world fans will qualify a loss so if Anthony gets a pass it’s in 2004 when he was a “rookie” on the international stage. The 2004 team may be ranked as the worst that represented the US with players like Richard Jefferson, Carlos Boozer, Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom and Emeka Okafor, yes Emeka Okafor.
From 2004 to 2016, Anthony has gone from “rookie” trying to fit in tounquestioned leader of the Olympic team.
“Carmelo is the veteran and a super-likable guy…We got 12 Alphas in here. But he’s the leader of this team and we follow him.”
With the ability to score from anywhere and with a closer three point line, Anthony has found himself as the USA’s all-time leading scorer sitting at 305 points. The Olympic record is 1,093 held Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt which is probably out of reach.
A win against Spain today at 2:30 and a victory against Australia/Serbia in the final, Anthony would have to be considered the GOAT of USA’s basketball logging the most points and medals all-time, and that’s why Olympic gold is the same as NBA Championship to him.
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