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.