Finally, there is good news to talk about with the Olympics. The United States Men’s Basketball team defeated Serbia today in the Gold Medal game by the score of 96-66 to claim another gold medal. During the celebrationNew York Knick and Olympics star, Carmelo Anthony announced that the 2016 games would be his final one.
“This is it for me,” said an emotional Carmelo Anthony during the celebrations after winning his third gold medal on Sunday. He is the first man to win three gold medals and owns the record for most points, as he surpassed fellow NBA star, Lebron James. Carmelo Anthony made his Olympics debut in 2004 when the games were in Athens, Greece and he was also only in the NBA for one year (2003 was his rookie year).
I don’t figure it to be a stretch to say that Carmelo Anthony will go down as one of the best Olympic basketball players. He also owns two records that even some of the greats like Michael Jordan and Larry Bird could not grab. As a Knicks fan, I hope Carmelo Anthony brings the Olympics person to MSG this fall.
Going further, I don’t think it would take that much to fill his shoes. When you have players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Stephen Curry; I am pretty sure they can get someone to fill his shoes. Like I mentioned before, Carmelo Anthony owns two major records, I was wrong as he holds pretty much every record. Let’s say he decides in 2020 he wants to give it one more run and play for the USA team in Tokyo and let’s say the men win again. He would then have four gold medals, which would put him on the same level as some of the women greats like Sue Bird.
Melo gets emotional in post-game interview after winning his third gold medal. “I know this is the end” pic.twitter.com/kq5LtHBxEy
— KnicksHive (@KnicksHive) August 21, 2016
Congratulations to Carmelo Anthony and the USA Men’s Basketball on winning the gold medal. Here is the clip of Carmelo Anthony announcing that he was going to hang it up.