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Carmelo Anthony discusses the Olympics and rediscovering his love of basketball

Playing for the Knicks will lead to a great deal of soul-searching.

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Carmelo Anthony is getting set to take on the biggest challenge of this Olympic tournament as Team USA takes on a red-hot Spain Friday afternoon. But he did take time out of his busy schedule to talk with The Vertical’s Michael Lee:

Melo talks a bit about the criticism he took from Larry Brown during the 2004 Games, when he was all of 19 years old. Sweet Jesus do I ever hate Larry Brown. He also lists the 2008 “Redeem Team” as his favorite club. No surprise there — that was probably the most important Olympics for America since 1992.

As for his time in Rio, Melo says it has helped him rediscover his love of basketball after a few soul-crushing seasons in New York. Can’t say that I blame him — being involved with the Knicks does make it very hard to enjoy the game. Hopefully his new teammates — and an improved Kristaps Porzingis — allow for a more enjoyable experience next season.