SportsCarmelo Anthony's Emotional Gold Medal Interview Is Something Special
The Knicks star teared up at all he has accomplished on the international stage… Which is a lot.
There are two Carmelo Anthonys. The first plays for the New York Knicks. He's a superstar but the frustrating kind. The kind who fans have a love-hate relationship with. The kind who leads sportswriters to unfairly question his determination or his basketball sense or his ego. This Carmelo Anthony is almost certainly under-appreciated.
The other Carmelo Anthony plays for Team USA. He shows up every four years and takes on the role of consummate leader and teammate. (And, sometimes, team dad.) He does all the little things right, but we don't often talk about those, because he's so busy also doing the big things right. This year he broke Team USA's record for career Olympic points and he led a young squad that struggled at times to an Olympic Gold. Melo's third, which is a record. And he's not just getting it done on the court. After Team USA won its 2016 gold with a decisive victory over Serbia, Melo gave an interview where the weight of what he's accomplished overwhelmed him. "Despite everything that's going on right now in our country," he said, choking back tears, "we got to be united."
This Carmelo Anthony is arguably the greatest Olympic basketball player of all time, and he's also almost certainly under-appreciated.