After the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team took its third-straight gold medal Sunday, easily besting Serbia 96-66, NBA star Carmelo Anthony offered impassioned words about America in the midst of its numerous troubles and what the victory meant to him.
"In spite of everything that's going on right now in our country, we gotta be united," Anthony said during an interview, his voice breaking. "I'm glad I did what I did, I stepped up to the challenge. This is what it's about, representing our country on the biggest stage that you can be on. America will be great again, I believe that. We got a lot of work to do, but it's one step at a time and I'm glad we represented in the fashion that we did."
Best part of Carmelo Anthony's Postgame interview. More than just basketball. Thank you for this message pic.twitter.com/1VUNe1UfQ7— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) August 21, 2016
Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.
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