In USA’s run to basketball gold
his four Olympic appearances for the USA, also a men’s record.
“Not until you have some time to yourself, you get a chance to reflect back on this journey starting back in 2004 up until now ... I don’t think I can explain how I feel right at this moment.”
Still a top NBA scoring threat with the Knicks, he finished as the USA’s second-highest scorer at the Rio Games with 12.1 points per game, after Durant’s 19.4.
His offence was critical in a group-stage contest against Australia – which had four NBA champion players on its roster, and was the first team in Rio to threaten Team USA with an upset.
But Anthony stepped up with a game-high 30 points against the Aussies, including 14 in the fourth quarter to help lock the game down.
He won’t go for a fourth gold, however.
“As much as I’m going to miss it, it’s time to pass it on to some of the guys who were here and some of the younger guys that are coming along,” he said.
Durant, who is headed to the Golden State Warriors, scored 30 points on a series of highlight-reel plays to force Serbia’s submission.
It was also coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last game leading the USA. The Duke University coach, a five-time NCAA title winner, will hand over to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
He praised Anthony and Durant for their long-term commitment to the USA team.
“It sets the example for a younger generation in the United States to where now everybody is proud of USA basketball. It’s not just how they play, but how they acted and how unselfish they were,” he said. –