Carmelo Anthony: LeBron James, Chris Paul and I talk ‘all the time’ about winning gold medal in 2016 Olympics
Carmelo Anthony offers a clue about LeBron’s and Chris Paul’s desire to play in Rio.
LeBron, Melo and Paul won gold medals in 2012 and 2008, and LeBron and Melo took bronze in 2004.
But Melo will be 32 and LeBron and Paul 31 in 2016. LeBron’s Cavaliers will very likely make a long playoff run this season. Paul’s Clippers are good enough to, though the tough Western Conference makes it less likely. Melo… the Knicks will probably give him a longer break before Rio.
I’m sure they all like the idea of playing in the 2016 Olympics. The more enthusiastic they are about it now, the more likely they follow through. But Rio is still a long way off, and aging goes only one direction.