Carmelo Anthony throws his hat into the Olympic rings to join USMNT at Rio 2016

BY NORA MOSS
Posted on APR 01, 2016

Carmelo Anthony accepted the invitation to play with the United States Men's National Basketball Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Carmelo Anthony accepted the invitation to play with the United States Men's National Basketball Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"From a morale standpoint as a player, if you've been through the things I've been through the past couple of years, you want to feel what that success feels like," said Carmelo to reporters Mar. 29, 2016. "You want that success. So the Olympics for me is great timing, especially coming off this season and injuries, and mentally it's good for me to get out there and feel what that feels like again.''
Carmelo, 31, led his teams to playoff berths in his first 10 years in the NBA. He is set to miss his third straight playoff berth with the New York Knicks this year.

Carmelo, LeBron James, and Chris Paul could have become the first athletes to win three gold medals in basketball. Carmelo added that his decision will not change no matter what LeBron James decides to do and that he did not waver after hearing Paul decide to forgo the games.

"I feel my body telling me that I could use the time," said All Star guard, Chris Paul, who is nearing 31 years old and averaging over 33 minutes per game this year.

"If we were all going to do it, I would've loved for [Paul] to be a part of that, especially for this one last time," said Carmelo said of the Paul decision. "If he's not feeling it, his body's not right and not healthy, then no need for him [to play].'