Veterans take center cou
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