Chris Paul yesterday revealed that he was ruling himself out of contention for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a long, tiring NBA season.
The L.A. Clippers point guard insisted his body needed a rest, so he would be foregoing the chance to win a third gold medal for his country. But one player who is not giving up on the Olympic games is New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
The 31-year-old has been through another tough season with the franchise from the Big Apple and has missed out on playoff basketball for the third consecutive year.
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Speaking to reporters in Dallas ahead of their game with the Mavericks in the early hours of Thursday morning, Anthony said he wanted to experience the winning feeling again with Team USA.
As per ESPN, the nine-time All-Star said: "From a morale standpoint as a player, if you've been through the things I've been through the past couple of years, you want to feel what that success feels like.
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"You want that success. So the Olympics for me is great timing, especially coming off this season and injuries, and mentally it's good for me to get out there and feel what that feels like again.''
If Melo is selected for the squad, he could become the first basketball player in history to claim three Olympic gold medals. His close friend LeBron James, who is yet to commit to the event, could also achieve the same feat.
Had Paul decided to play in Rio, he would also have had a chance at the record, however, Anthony believes he made the right decision if his body is telling him to rest.
"If we were all going to do it, I would've loved for (Paul) to be a part of that, especially for this one last time. If he's not feeling it, his body's not right and not healthy, then [there is] no need for him [to play].''
Anthony has been a brilliant servant for United States basketball throughout his career and one more success would be the perfect way to cap it off.
He has represented the USA on three separate occasions, including the not so memorable campaign of 2004, and was one of the major contributors during London 2012.
He ended the tournament with 16.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his eight outings as the United States went unbeaten. He enjoyed similar success in Beijing, 2008. In his eight contests, he averaged 11.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.
The United States are the odds-on favourites to take the gold in Rio given their star-studded roster but 2004 proves nothing can be taken for granted in the world of basketball.