Carmelo Anthony on playing in Olympics: ‘Can’t stop now’


Carmelo Anthony said he looked forward to playing in the 2016 Olympics. He later affirmed his desire to play in the Rio Games. And a report emerged Anthony agreed to play for Team USA.

But the Knicks forward then said he was undecided.

If he’s still undecided – despite all indications, including his own statements, to the contrary – it doesn’t sound like it.

Anthony, via the Associated Press:

“Listen, I’ve been with USA Basketball since I was 16, 17 years old,” he said. “Can’t stop now.”

Anthony won gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a bronze medal in the 2004 Games. Before that, he was a member of junior versions of Team USA.

If you were totally committed to building the best 12-man roster, I’m not sure Anthony – who turns 32 before Rio – would make the cut. But he has been so committed to USA Basketball and the Olympics bring out the best in his game. He has probably earned a semi-saved spot on the team.

And it really seems as if he’ll take it.