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Carmelo Anthony Explains How Winning Gold Medal Is Same as Winning NBA Finals

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

I can already see the hate coming in for Carmelo Anthony with these comments, but can you blame him?

From ESPN:

Team USA point guard Kyrie Irving, who made the claim the other day that an NBA championship and a gold medal are “pretty much the same.”

“I believe so,” Anthony said in support of Irving’s proclamation, insisting he finds tremendous satisfaction in his status as the only four-time Olympian in U.S. men’s basketball history … with a record third gold medal just six wins away now.

“I believe so.”

It obviously behooves Anthony to take that stance, with no championship in sight back home for Melo and his beloved New York Knickerbockers.

It doesn't really look like the New York Knicks star is going to be anywhere close to reaching the NBA Finals this upcoming season, and at this age, the prospects don't look too high in the future for him leading a squad to one either.

Melo is likely to win his third gold medal, placing him as arguably the greatest player in USA Basketball Olympic history. 

He's already on track for being the all time leading scorer after these Olympics, and with another gold medal, he'll have the most out of any player in Team USA's history. 

It's really his only taste of true winning besides his lone championship season in college with Syracuse. With that, let the man live with these comments. 

-- Josh Dhani

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