The United States' men's basketball team made history Sunday by winning its third-straight gold medal when it beat Serbia 96-66. With a team of NBA All-Stars, led by Carmelo Anthony, the team proved to be untouchable during the Olympics.
After the gold medal win, Anthony emotionally spoke about what the win meant for the team and whether or not he'll return to another Olympics.
"I know this is the end. This is it for me. I committed to something. … I committed to this in ’04. I’ve seen the worst, and I’ve seen the best. And I stuck with it. We stuck with it. And I’m here today, three gold medals later. I’m excited for me, but also for the other guys who never experienced anything like this," he said. "Coach K, myself, Jerry Colangelo and everybody else who have been a part of this situation—who have been a part of USAB since I’ve been here.”
Anthony continued, "I just want to say thank you for allowing me to be one of the leaders—not just of our team, but of our country. Despite … everything that’s going on right now in our country, we gotta be united. I’m glad I did what I did, I stepped up to the challenge. This is what it’s about. Representing our country on the biggest stage that you can be on. America will be great again. I believe that. We got a lot of work to do. It’s one step at a time. I’m glad we represented in the fashion that we did.”
While some people were in Rio vandalizing bathrooms, Anthony, during his spare time, traveled to the favelas of Brazil and played basketball with youngsters. Even when he's abroad, Anthony seems to know how make a difference.