The New York Knicks had two players in London this summer competing in the Olympics, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Anthony was one of the main stars on Team USA and he had arguably the best Olympic showing. Anthony averaged 16.3 points per game and set a single-game Olympic scoring record with 37 points.
The Team USA coaching staff decided to have Anthony come off the bench, but that position did not upset Anthony at all. He accepted the role willingly and really showcased his skills in London. The coaches could rely on Anthony to score the ball and opponents rarely had ways to slow down the Knicks’ star.
Anthony had tremendous success in London and everyone is hoping he can carry that momentum to the Knicks in 2012-13. Anthony told the New York Times that he is ready to bring that winning mentality to Madison Square Garden.
“I’m excited just to get this thing going, especially coming off of the run I had on the U.S.A. team” said Anthony, who was at St. John’s on Friday to promote a new video game, “N.B.A. Baller Beats.” “We were able to accomplish something with everybody on that team, and I’m excited to bring that mentality back here to the Knicks.”
Anthony played at an extremely high level in London with Team USA and there were certain games where he single-handedly won matches for the Americans. One of Carmelo Anthony’s biggest assets is his size and he used that to his advantage during many of the games this summer.
Anthony either penetrated the paint and attacked the basket with ease, or he pulled up for a perimeter jumper. Whenever he got on a roll during the Olympics, it was essentially a forgone conclusion that the opponent stood no chance of stopping him. Knicks fans are now hoping that Anthony and the team experience the same success in the NBA.