Carmelo Anthony, the dean of USA basketball, is a champion once again. America’s all-time leader in games, points and now rebounds announced his retirement from international basketball in an emotional interview with Ros Gold-Onwude following the USA’s 96-66 triumph over Serbia in the gold medal game.
If you haven’t seen the video yet, get some tissues handy:
Captain America finished his Olympic career with 7 points on 3-7 shooting, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. After the final whistle had blown, he followed in the footsteps of the original stretch 4, Abraham Lincoln, and used his words in an attempt to bind the nation’s wounds.
Oh, and he took time out of his pre-game routine to deliver a message to Craig Sager, who couldn’t make the trip to Rio as he undergoes treatment for Leukemia:
You, sir, are a credit to your country and your sport. I’m glad that you play for my favorite team