The bronze medal that Carmelo Anthony won as a member of the USA basketball team in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games is up for auction on the website Julien’s Auctions.
The 2004 Summer Olympics, of course, were the only Olympic games since professionals have been able to participate that Team USA did not win gold in men’s basketball. That summer, Carmelo Anthony — who was coming off of his rookie NBA season — played sparingly as Team USA finished in third-place.
According to the website, Carmelo was disappointed with only winning Bronze and “gifted the medal to a family member.” The auction for the medal, which will be “accompanied by provenance documentation from Anthony’s family member”, will run through June 9.
Fortunately for Anthony, he was able to get redemption for 2004 as a member of the 2008 “Redeem Team,” when Team USA was able to win back the Gold in basketball with an undefeated run at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Anthony then won his second Gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
But, while Anthony is an Olympic Gold medalist and an NCAA champion (he led Syracuse to the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 2003), he has still yet to even play in an NBA Finals. That could factor into his decision-making this summer, when Carmelo has the opportunity to leave the Knicks via free agency. He’s made it clear that, at this stage in his career, winning is of the utmost importance to him.
The 2014 free agency period is slated to begin July 1, 2014.