LOOK: Jordan Brand honors Carmelo Anthony's illustrious Team USA career
Melo goes out on top and his shoe sponsor gives him props
Carmelo Anthony is, now, the greatest Olympic basketball player of all time. You can argue this on any number of levels. Indeed, Anthony is not the most well-known Olympic baller (Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, take your pick) and he was not the best player on any of the teams he played on. But he did win three gold medals, has been a bigger part, en masse, of the program than any player before him, and so has earned that title.
Jordan Brand commemorated his Olympic run, which Anthony confirmed as his last Sunday following Team USA's gold medal win over Serbia in Rio, with this image on Twitter:
Anthony deserves a lot of credit for what he's done over the past six months. He sacrificed his offseason to represent his country and led Team USA to a Gold Medal without the safety and coverage of the bigger stars he's had alongside him in the past. Had Team USA failed, it would have been squarely on Melo's shoulders.
That said, it should be noted:
- Melo forced his way to New York, leaving a team that had been to the conference finals less than 18 months before.
- Anthony's knees have been saved by an absence of deep playoff runs.
- He already had that contract signed and under wraps.
- The critics continue to wonder why he doesn't play more like Olympic Melo in the regular season.
- By winning his third gold medal, he effectively clinched his Hall of Fame bid, because the Hall evenly recognizes international competition and NBA accomplishment.
But it's still a cool ad, and what Melo accomplished deserves acclaim.
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