Friday, August 24, 2012
Carmelo Anthony Hopes To Bring Olympic Gold Medal Mentality to Knicks
As if his celebrity status couldn't get any higher as an NBA all-star and M.V.P. candidate, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is enjoying his newfound fame as Olympic gold medalist.
Speaking to KnicksJournal.com and other members of the media at St. John's University, the site of his ProCamps summer basketball camp, Anthony said, "Everywhere I go, people are asking me to see my gold medal."
"It's already locked up," he joked. "It's getting framed, but I might pick a day and bring it over to the facility to show everybody eventually."
Anthony went on to say that winning big in this summer's Olympics gives him that much more motivation to accomplish just as much success with the Knicks.
"I'm excited just to get this season going," the forward said. "Especially coming off the type of run the United States had, I'm excited to bring that same mentality back to the New York Knicks. Everybody is working. I see that Amar'e Stoudemire has been working with Hakeem Olajuwon, Iman Shumpert is working on getting his knee right, and Tyson Chandler was down in London with me. We have a team full of veterans that know the game--- guys who you don't really need to teach the game to. It's just a matter of us putting it all together and making it work."
Anthony continued to praise Stoudemire's work ethic, but sounded confident in his teammate's abilities regardless. Addressing STAT's workouts with "The Dream," he said, "Whenever it comes to working on something new, all that matters is that you're consistent with it. It's not like Amar'e didn't have those moves before. I guess he didn't feel as comfortable down there [in the post] or whatever the case may be. But now him playing down there puts me at the wing and allows me to play off of him. It'll make a difference."
The Brooklyn native also went on to dismiss any suggestions of a serious Knicks-Nets rivalry next season, and simply added that his team was focused on continuing to improve, and nothing (or nobody) else.
This is the first year Anthony and ProCamps hosted a basketball camp in New York, having teamed up to host one in Denver over the past several years. The Knicks star sounded optimistic he would continue to do them in the Big Apple.