Carmelo Anthony says he’s ready for the Summer Olympics, even though his close friend Chris Paul has withdrawn from the team.
Anthony told reporters Tuesday Paul’s decision, as first reported by SI’s Lee Jenkins, would not affect his decision either way. The two-time gold medalist told reporters he remains excited to participate in international play.
“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. You want that success,” he said. “So the Olympics for me is great timing.”
“Mentally, I think it’s good for me to go out there and feel what (winning) feels like again,” Anthony added.
The Knicks are 30–45 as of Tuesday and will miss the playoffs for a third straight year. Anthony is in midst of a strong season, leading the team with 22 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He has remained healthy coming off of knee surgery and could again be a major contributor for the United States as it chases a third consecutive gold medal.