Rarely does winning an Olympic gold medal offer any consequences, but it could mean trouble for fans in New York.
There is no denying the greatness of Carmelo Anthony. He is clearly a star in this league, and one of the most dynamic scorers in the game today. By capturing his second Olympic gold medal though, is his thirst for winning already quenched?
After winning a championship during his one year at Syracuse, Carmelo is no stranger to winning. So far, it just hasn't happened in the NBA. Does winning a Championship in the NBA mean more to Carmelo than winning gold with guys like Kobe, LeBron, Durant and Chris Paul?
After fighting the Lakers and Spurs during his time in Denver, Carmelo opted for greener pastures and the bigger stage in New York. Once Stoudemire and Chandler joined him, it seemed like success would be right around the corner.
Thanks to LeBron's "Decision," it may not be.
With Miami's star power, and their rivals down the street in Brooklyn trying to create their own super team, even getting to an NBA Finals seems like a daunting task. Forget that, the Knicks are still trying to find their way into the second round of the playoffs.
With the future of these super teams in Miami, L.A., and Oklahoma City, it's hard to imagine this Knicks roster winning any hardware in the next few years. Nobody ever said it would be easy, but Carmelo will clearly need some help.
The question is, who is willing to play alongside him?
Sure, he has always been perceived as a ball hog, a black hole and selfish player. That may be the case, if there is no other offensive talent around him. Kobe played the same way before Pau Gasol came, but was never criticized.
When he plays with other super stars though, Carmelo seems to fit right in. Yes he did have 37 points in 14 minutes in a game this summer, but when you get on a role like that, nobody is going to disrupt you. Outside of that, look at everything else he did with Team USA.
He was one of the best rebounders, played excellent defense and was making the right pass on almost every play. In this year's Olympic Games, Carmelo was such a different player than the NBA Carmelo.
After winning his second medal, is Anthony going to be satisfied with mediocre success in the NBA?
One would think that getting a ring at this level would only cement his legacy as one of the greatest players of this generation. A championship at three different levels would be hard to ignore.
As always, it will come down to how motivated he is. He's never been a great defender in Denver or New York, but he has the size, speed and strength to be one. By putting a star next to him in the Big Apple, it would open up his all-around game.
It may take him longer than expected, but I believe Carmelo will get his ring. It may be on the back side of his career, but I'm sure the motivation will come, despite his Olympic success.