LeBron James is “nowhere near” a decision.
Kevin Durant wants to play.
When it comes to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Carmelo Anthony is splitting the difference between two other NBA star forwards.
“I haven’t made a decision. I would love to play. But I haven’t made a decision of what I would want to do,” Anthony said Saturday. “If I do play, that will be my final one. That will be four Olympics for me. I want to play. I haven’t talked to nobody about it yet. I heard KD [Kevin Durant] said he wanted to play. I know LeBron [James] said that’s too far ahead, which it is. … I would love the chance to get back out there.”
Melo – potentially in addition to LeBron – would become the first player to play for the U.S. in four Olympics. Currently, Melo and LeBron (2004, 2008 and 2012) are tied with David Robinson (1988, 1992 and 1996) at three a piece.
That’s a lot, and it would be difficult for Melo, who will be 32 during the 2016 Games, to keep suiting up. When the 28-man player pool came out in January, I ranked Melo the 16th most likely to make the Olympic roster.
It’s significant that Melo sounds so interested, but as he says, it’s too far out for him to commit – especially at his age.