Olympic ‘Melo was always the best ‘Melo. He respected his teammates and deferred to them (even coming off the bench), played a role, and his floor-spacing game was always a great fit internationally.
That does not mean Carmelo Anthony is getting a USA Basketball invite.
Anthony is a free agent right now with limited interest from teams — in part because his game as declined considerably, but also because of his unwillingness to put his ego aside and accept coming off the bench as a role player. Despite that sign of where Anthony is in his career, some fans have suggested adding him to a USA Basketball roster that has seen a lot of defections before the upcoming World Cup.
Not happening, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Nor should it happen.
Carmelo Anthony is a legend, a future Hall of Famer, and a fantastic Olympic player, but unless he comes with a DeLorean that has a flux capacitor in the back, this isn’t going to work. He has slowed, his shot is not as accurate, he simply is not near the same player he once was, and USA Basketball should be putting our best young players (or, at least, the best ones that will come to China) out on the court.
Anthony is a legendary part of USA Basketball’s past, but he is not part of its future.