Veter­ans take cen­ter cou

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ON a team of mostly first-time young Olympians, it was the USA veter­ans Carmelo An­thony and Kevin Du­rant who stole the Rio show as the USA won its third-straight gold medal.

An­thony be­came the first man to col­lect three basketball golds on Au­gust 20, a week after he be­came the USA’s all-time Olympics scorer, sur­pass­ing NBA su­per­star LeBron James.

The newly as­sem­bled team suf­fered a few scares in Rio, rais­ing doubts that the pow­er­house team would be able to achieve the widely pre­dicted gold.

But not in the minds of the USA play­ers, said Du­rant.

“We got to­gether on July 17 and we set our minds on win­ning these gold medals. That was our main fo­cus, Carmelo be­ing the leader and me kind of fol­low­ing up,” he said.

An­thony, 32, brought the ex­pe­ri­ence, and Du­rant, 27, the scor­ing, as the USA capped their 2016 Olympic run by maul­ing Ser­bia, 96-66.

An­thony was on the Athens 2004 team that set­tled for bronze, a hardto-swal­low re­sult that sparked a re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of the USA pro­gram.

“It’s re­ally hard to un­der­stand it and have a feel­ing about it when you’re go­ing through it,” he said of

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