Carmelo Anthony said he would love to be Olympic teammates with Kobe Bryant for a third time next year.
Bryant, 37, announced Saturday that he will retire after this season, but he is still in the running for one of 12 spots on the U.S. Olympic team.
“For him to be with us and Rio and end it like that would be a good way to go out,” Anthony said Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News.
If Bryant were to make the 2016 Olympic team, he would be the oldest U.S. Olympic men’s basketball player ever, according to sports-reference.com.
Bryant was the oldest player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team and the second-oldest in 2008, behind 35-year-old Jason Kidd.
Bryant’s competition to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team at shooting guard is led by 2012 Olympian James Harden.
Another possible contender, 2004 and 2008 Olympian Dwyane Wade, is not expected to be interested in a run for Rio and was not on a 34-player camp roster mandatory for Olympic selection in August (though Bryant wasn’t on that roster, either).
Two more shooting guards — DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thompson — played with Harden at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and could be first-time Olympians in 2016.
The U.S. roster could include more point guards than shooting guards, though, with Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook among those available.
Small forward is also stacked with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony.
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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.
Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.
The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.
Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.
German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.
Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.
Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.
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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.
“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”
Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.
Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.
Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.
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