Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony to play in fourth Olympics
Jun 27, 2016 | 11:46 AM
Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony recalls when he built a relationship with Kobe Bryant.
The U.S. has selected its 12-player roster, led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, that will try to win the Americans' third straight Olympic basketball gold medal.
Durant and Anthony are the only players with Olympic experience after a number of stars, including LeBron James, decided to not go to Rio. Anthony becomes the first U.S. player selected to four Olympic teams.
Anthony, a Baltimore native, tweeted on Monday, "Humbled to rep #TeamUSA in my 4th Olympics #RIO #UNITE" with a picture of a USA jersey.
Also chosen Monday for the team were: Golden State's Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes; Toronto's Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan; Cleveland's Kyrie Irving; Indiana's Paul George; Chicago's Jimmy Butler; Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.
Irving was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup on a U.S. team that included Thompson, Cousins and DeRozan and easily won gold.
The Americans should roll into Rio as the favorites. Yet they won't look as imposing as expected after the withdrawals of Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden.