Carmelo Anthony seems pretty intent on returning to the Olympics next year. And, from Anthony’s words, so are LeBron James and Chris Paul.
“We [James, Paul and I] talk about it [winning gold in Rio] all the time,’’ Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “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.’’
James and Anthony were the youngest members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team that earned bronze in Athens, the first time since 1988 that the Americans didn’t take gold.
They returned as part of the Redeem Team in 2008 and again in 2012 in London.
James and Anthony can become the first U.S. men’s basketball players to play in four Olympics next year.
For a spot on the 12-man roster in Rio, Anthony will have to contend with competition at forward from the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Love.
James, who reportedly has a spot on the Rio 2016 team if he wants it, is the all-time U.S. Olympic men’s basketball leader in points (273), passing David Robinson during the London Olympics, according to USA Basketball.
James won’t be passing the all-time leader across all nations any time soon. That’s held by Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt, whose tally over five Olympics was a reported 1,093.