After all the recent news of guys dropping out of the Rio Games, like Anthony Davis and Chris Paul, hearing that Carmelo Anthony is looking forward to the Olympics is encouraging. Everyone has their reasons for looking forward to the Olympic Games, and Melo’s are very understandable.
“From a morale standpoint as a player, if you’ve been through the things I’ve been through the past couple of years, you want to feel what that success feels like,” Anthony said. “The Olympics for me is great timing for me, especially coming off this season and injuries, and mentally it’s good for me to get out there and feel what that feels like again.”
Some may take this as a dig at the Knicks and their last couple seasons, but this is actually just a legit personal situation. He’s only reciting true statements about where he’s at in his career right now. The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs in the past two seasons, and even when they did have a good season, they failed to reach expectations in the playoffs.
Melo will definitely get back to a happier outlook if he does indeed make the final roster for the Rio Games. Team USA is always known for stomping out most of the competition in international play, and if that doesn’t raise a player’s morale, then I’m not sure what will. A summer of great basketball with a team full of superstars, and most likely a medal, will reverse any kind of losing woes that are going on.