The last time we saw Carmelo Anthony on a basketball court was the NBA All-Star Game, and the only reason he played there was he wanted to be an unofficial host of the event in New York. He should have shut it down and had knee surgery before that, but the All-Star Game kept him around for a while.
He will back on a court in August in Las Vegas, however.
That is where Team USA is hosting a mini-camp, looking at some potential players for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Berman of the New York Post has the story.
According to a source, Anthony has informed U.S. Olympic Team officials he will attend the Aug. 11-13 minicamp as the team gears up for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Anthony is still rehabbing from February’s left-knee surgery so he will not be a fully active participant, according to a source. Team USA CEO Jerry Colangelo has encouraged roster members to come to the minicamp even if they can’t play due to injury.
Anthony is not and should not be rushing his return from injury. What to take away from this is Anthony wants to be on the roster in Rio. Anthony has two gold medals (2008 and 2012) plus a bronze (2004) but apparently wants more.
It also means Anthony should be good to go come training camp and the regular season this fall.
The purpose of the mini-camp is to get a look at some of the guys in the 34-man pool that coach Mike Krzyzewski and company will draw from. Not everyone will be there, but not everyone needs to be — for example, if LeBron James or Kevin Durant want to be on the roster, they will be, camp or no camp. But for a lot of guys — Anthony included — this is a show they want to make the cut.