Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 27 points in Team USA’s 100-78 victory over Spain on Tuesday.
Anthony is third on the team in scoring (13.2) and fifth in minutes per game (18.8).
“Every time I come back and play USA basketball, my mindset is a lot different,” Anthony said. “The team-oriented atmosphere I bring back to my team, the focus I have, my conditioning, and carrying that into the regular season, it’s like I’m getting an early start. Look at what happened the year after we won the gold medal. In 2009 I had one of my best seasons with Denver and we went to the Western Conference finals. My body felt great, my mind felt great – and that’s something I keep in the back of my mind coming out of USA Basketball.”
Anthony knows the nature of FIBA basketball allows him to step outside the role he's accustomed to with the Knicks.
“FIBA basketball allows me to play multiple positions and do a lot of different things out there on the basketball court than I do in the NBA,” he said. “I’m in a different position, I play the 3, the 4, the 5. I don’t play the 5 back in the NBA. Over here, with these guys on the team, it’s more playing off of them, doing some dirty work, when the ball comes to you trying to knock down shots, rebounding. Most of the times I’m playing against 4s and 5s, and it’s a much more physical game than in the NBA. I won’t be playing the 5 in New York, I know that.”