Carmelo Anthony says Olympic gold medals make up for NBA disappointment

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Carmelo Anthony's NBA career has hardly been the success story we all expected following his dominant performances for Syracuse, leading them to their first-ever NCAA title in 2003. The personal accolades have continued to roll in, and he will go down as a true great, but his playoff history is feeble at best. 

Despite being selected to the All-Star game nine times, Melo has only reached the conference finals once and boasts just two trips past the first round.

But when it comes to playing for his country, the forward is a completely different beast. Having represented the United States in four separate Olympics, he is aiming to be the first player to win three gold medals at the games. 

The States are currently 3-0 ahead of Friday's game with Serbia. Melo showed his stunning best against Australia, scoring 31 points to drag them through a tough spot, and he has said he would be happy to retire as the most decorated international player in USA's history.

As per ESPN, he said: "Most athletes don't have an opportunity to say that they won a gold medal, better yet three gold medals. I would be very happy walking away from the game knowing that I've given the game everything I have, knowing I played on a high level at every level: high school, college, won in college and possibly three gold medals.

"I can look back on it when my career is over -- if I don't have an NBA championship ring -- and say I had a great career."

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