Carmelo Anthony likens his Rio 2016 role to Kobe Bryant in '08

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Carmelo Anthony's impact on the international basketball stage cannot go unnoticed. Having retired from Team USA duty after Rio 2016, he ended as the only male player in history to win three gold medals. 

Many US greats have come before him, but none have dedicated so much of their professional careers to their country. 

People have been quick to compare Melo's input in 2016 to that of players of the years. 

One of the first comparisons was Kobe Bryant's role during the London games four years ago; the Black Mamba was 34 at the time and was on the decline having won his last title with the L.A. Lakers back in 2010. 

Anthony is himself 32 and is still a superstar despite the fact he is reaching the end of his prime years. However, he felt he was more Bryant circa. 2008.

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After winning the MVP award for the first and only time in his NBA career, Bryant - alongside Jason Kidd - was the leader of the US team as they looked for redemption following the '04 disaster. 

The New York Knicks forward felt his role in Rio, and during the buildup, was like that of Kobe heading into Beijing.

"That's more like it -- 2008 Kobe is more like it," he said. "We was actually surprised that he accepted the invitation in 2008. But once he got there it was more of kind of him and Jason Kidd, and kind of looking for those guys for that advice.

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"That's what's happening here now. I'm the only one now. We had a couple on that team. I was the one that was following Kobe and wanted to work out with him every day, and train with him, and try to dig into his mindset to see how he was thinking and what his approach was to the game.

"So I give that experience back to these guys."

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