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Carmelo Anthony “Would Be Very Happy” Walking Away From Basketball With 3 Gold Medals & No NBA Title

Submitted by on August 11, 2016 – 3:47 pmNo Comment

Before he retires from the NBA for good, Carmelo Anthony wants to win a championship. Badly. Carmelo has proven that he’s a bonafide superstar over the years, and he has done plenty of things on a personal level that will one day land him in the Hall of Fame. But team success has eluded him, and he’s never been able to get over the hump in the NBA Playoffs. While guys like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have routinely competed for championships year in and year out, Carmelo has been forced to sit on the sidelines during the postseason most years, and he’s never enjoyed the type of success that they have. So he wants to experience it before it’s all said and done.

If it never happens for him, though, he says he’s OK with it. Carmelo, who is currently competing for what would be his third gold medal during the Rio Olympics, spoke with reporters on Thursday and revealed that he “would be very happy” to walk away from the game of basketball without an NBA title, as long as he has his gold medals to show for it. Granted, the road to those gold medals has been much easier than the path to the NBA Finals, but Carmelo—who became the all-time leading scorer in U.S. men’s Olympic history against Australia on Wednesday—put everything into perspective by talking about what the medals mean to him.

“Most athletes don’t have an opportunity to say that they won a gold medal, better yet three gold medals,” he said, according to ESPN.com. “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 [a championship at Syracuse] in college, and possibly 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.”

Unfortunately, Carmelo is going to have a tough time obtaining an NBA title over the next few years as a result of the superteam in Golden State and the team LeBron has helped put together in Cleveland. But it’s nice to hear that, even if he never wins the title he so desperately wants, he has the ability to see the positive in his situation. It’s something that not all superstars would be able to do, and it shows that Carmelo has a good grasp on just how important his gold medals really are.

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