Olympic veteran and NBA star Carmelo Anthony says he is still undecided on whether he will represent the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team in Rio.
After playing in each Summer Olympics since 2004, the 31-year-old New York Knicks forward says several things will go into his decision on whether or not to dawn the red, white, and blue again later this summer.
“I’ve been committed since my junior year in high school,” Anthony told NBCOlympics.com. “With this one I’m going to take my time and really think about it, and, you know, a lot has to go into play with this one.”
If Anthony ultimately decides to play, he, along with long-time friend LeBron James, would have the chance to make history as the first U.S. men’s players to win gold three times.
“I haven’t really envisioned that and what that really means,” Anthony told NBCOlympics.com when asked about the prospect of winning a third gold medal. “It really hasn’t sunk into me at this moment.”
Anthony and Team USA followed a very disappointing bronze medal finish in 2004 with back-to-back gold medals in 2008 and 2012.
The 14-year NBA veteran has been one of the key players in resorting Team USA’s international dominance due to his versatility on the court and rapport with other prominent national players.
The 31 finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team, which will later be cut down to a 12-player roster for Rio, was announced earlier this year:
- LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
- Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
- Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
- Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
- Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls)
- Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
- DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
- Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
- Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
- DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
- Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
- Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
- Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
- Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings)
- Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
- Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
- Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)
- James Harden (Houston Rockets)
- Gordon Hayward(Utah Jazz)
- Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets)
- Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors)
- Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
- Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
- Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
- Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
- Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
- John Wall (Washington Wizards)
- Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)