New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been a loyal servant of US basketball for 14 years, during which time he has competed at four Olympic Games, winning a bronze, at Athens 2004, and three consecutive gold medals thereafter. That is a record no other male basketball player can match, and just for good measure, the durable Carmelo also ranks first in the U.S. Olympic men’s team career standings for games played (31), points (336), field goals made (113), field goals attempted (262), rebounds (125), three-point field goals attempted (139), free throws made (53) and free throws attempted (71).
“Most athletes don’t have an opportunity to say that they won a gold medal, better yet three gold medals,” said Carmelo after helping the USA defeat Serbia 96-66 in the final at Rio 2016, a victory that sealed his golden hat-trick. “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 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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