The USA men’s basketball team took home its third straight Olympic gold medal on Sunday, dismantling runner-up Serbia 96-66. While it was a weekend of redemption for an American team that struggled through the earlier rounds of the tournament, it also marked the presumptive end of a record-setting international career for Carmelo Anthony.
The New York Knicks superstar recently passed LeBron James for first place on the USA’s all-time Olympic scoring list during his fourth trip to the summer games. On Sunday, Anthony added a couple more USA basketball records, one a feat no man in the world can claim.
America’s third straight Olympic Gold in men’s basketball is also Carmelo’s third, which is the most gold medals in the sport for anyone from any country. And while that was somewhat of a foregone conclusion at the start of the games, he broke another record in the final minutes of Sunday’s win over Serbia.
With his 125th rebound Anthony surpassed David Robinson for first place on team USA’s all-time rebounds list. He also is first in three point field goals made by an American with 57 to date. It was a historic weekend to say the least .
And while the torch has been figuratively passed to the tournaments most lethal scorer in Kevin Durant, “New York’s son” seemingly confirmed this would be his last trip to the Olympic games.
“I’m done. This is it for me” Anthony said in an emotional postgame interview.
Come 2020 we’ll see if he’s really done, but if so, salute to the best international men’s basketball career the United States of America has ever seen! Congrats, Carmelo Anthony!