LONDON — Carmelo Anthony is one of many athletes wearing a U.S. uniform in this Olympics who finds London to his liking.
After participating in the Olympics in both Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, he is finding the adjustment to this city much different from either of those previous locales.
Anthony has had distinct experiences each and every time as one of just three players in history, along with LeBron James and David Robinson, to play on three different Olympic teams.
“That’s a very proud moment for me,” Anthony said. “I’ve been on three different teams. In 2004 where USA Basketball was just trash and we were at the bottom and everybody was saying that the rest of the world was better than us. Then in 2008 when we came back and redeemed ourselves and put together one of the best teams ever and won a gold medal. And even now, to combine two teams that has some of the guys from the 2010 World Championship team with some of the guys from , it’s just that much better.”
Even better this time around for Anthony is the comfort level off the court, in an English-speaking country that reminds Anthony of his normal surroundings.
“We talked about it, it’s a different vibe over here,” Anthony said. “We feel right at home. It’s a lot like New York. You’re out and it’s so diverse. You have so many different people and all of the different languages, but the main language is English and we can dine out and talk with different people and still feel the comfort of home at the same time. And we’re only six hours from New York so we’re really just right across the water.”