Carmelo Anthony signs off from international basketball after third gold medal

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Carmelo Anthony ended his international career in style yesterday as the United States romped to a third consecutive gold medal at the Olympic Games. 

The most successful basketball nation in history destroyed Serbia 96-66 to finish off the tournament and send the New York Knicks player into international retirement as the only men's basketball player to win three gold medals.

Melo was part of the disastrous campaign on 2004 and has stuck with coach Mike Krzyzewski and Team USA throughout their rebuild over the past 11 years, and was clearly emotional as he was interviewed following the game.

Finishing with seven points, as many rebounds and two assists - with a 42.9 percent field goal rating - the 32-year-old confirmed his retirement, saying: "I know this is the end. This is it for me."

He went on to talk about the recent social unrest in the United States, calling for togetherness and solidarity after nation's exploits at Rio 2016.

"In spite of everything that's going on right now in our country," he added. "We've gotta be united."


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Support and tributes began to flood in for the forward, who will return to the Knicks with the aim of challenging for a title. The best of them came from his sponsor; Nike's Jordan brand. 

They posted this great message on Twitter. 

Melo will go down as the greatest US men's basketball servant in history and is a sure-fire hall of fame inductee once he is eligible. Only time will tell if he can snatch that elusive ring. 

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