With the 2016 Summer Olympics right around the corner, Carmelo Anthony has his eyes on the prize. He has been a member of the United States Olympic men’s national team three times, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold medals in 2008 and 2012. In 2012, he set the USA men’s Olympic team record for most points in a single game when he scored 37 against Nigeria.
This year, he’s going to his fourth Olympics, which is a record for an American male basketball player. That also means it could also lead to a third gold medal. Will he set another record? Or will another team be able to stop him?
Back in 2004, the Americans had finished third, losing to Argentina. It was humiliating and Anthony felt that he not only let his teammates down, but Americans as well. Instead of pouting, Anthony came back to the states and brought the heat upon himself.
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In 2006, he opened up The Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in Baltimore. He contributed $1.5 million to the Living Classrooms Foundation, a non-profit organization that “provides innovative hands-on-education, job-training and community service programs for over 35,000 children, youth and young adults in the east Baltimore community.”
At the 2016 ESPYs, he took the stage with fellow NBA stars Chris Paul, Dewayne Wade, and LeBron James to talk about social change.
It’s been a long and winding road for Anthony. Despite the controversies, he is all about giving back to the community and helping his team win. Even though he’s won a few medals, he still hasn’t brought home an NBA Championship to the New York Knicks.
With the motivation from the Olympics, maybe Anthony can lead the Knicks to something big this season. What do you think?
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