When the U.S. Olympic Team gathered Sunday night for its first meeting, Carmelo Anthony was asked to give a little speech. The Olympic coaching staff believes Anthony’s remarks set the tone for its training camp that ended with Friday’s 111-74 exhibition slaughter of decrepit Argentina at T-Mobile Arena. “I don’t like to do a lot of talking in those situations,’’ Anthony said this week at UNLV. “It was more just letting the guys know this process won’t be easy. I know we’re expected to win the gold and everyone wants to win the gold. We want to win the gold, but the process is not easy. I don’t want the guys to think just because we’re the best players in the world that we’re going to go out and it’s going to be easy because it’s not.’’
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“A lot of people told me, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it.’ For what?’’ Anthony said. “But I actually enjoy it. I’ve been a part of USA basketball since I was a junior or senior [in college]. I actually enjoy it, and it’s an opportunity to get another gold medal. I didn’t want to miss that opportunity. And you don’t have to have the same role as on your own team. That’s why guys like playing on the USA team because they don’t have to do as much. They just have a role and rely on everyone else — the best players in the world.’’
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Knicks fans always have high expectations, sometimes maybe not even grounded in reality over the years. Before last season, Melo came out on media day and talked about managing expectations with such a young team. But with this roster now and all these veterans, what should the expectations be for the Knicks? ROSE: They’re high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they’re trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that. And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who’ve been around. You’ve got Brandon who just signed for one year, he’s got to show why he’s there.
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Ramona Shelburne: I then asked him about how he has been strong in calling for social action and public discussion related to political issues in recent weeks. When you weigh in on one political issue, it does open players and the league to weigh in on other issues like this that are more controversial. “Believe it or not, we’re always put in tough situations” Melo said. “Some things you can talk about, some things you can’t talk about. I think the NBA has to decide where that line is and when to cross it. It’s a big decision for the NBA to pull it away from Charlotte. I guess we’ll see what happens from here now.”
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