With a second quarter bucket — when he led a USA explosion that blew the game open against Venezuela — Carmelo Anthony racked up his 258th career Olympics point for USA Basketball.
That pushed him past Michael Jordan for third all time on that scoring list.
Anthony has played in far more games than Jordan, but it speaks to how ‘Melo’s game blossom’s on the international stage. ‘Melo’s size and ability to hit the three make him nearly unguardable internationally, especially when teams can’t focus on him because of the amazing teammates (in this case Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and others).
In the USA’s next game against Australia, ‘Melo will likely pass David Robinson and move into second on the all-time list.
LeBron James has scored the most points in the Olympics for Team USA at 273. Anthony should pass that by the time the Rio Olympics are over.
It will be part of ‘Melo’s Hall of Fame legacy when his days playing end.