Melo doesn't need $ to play in Olympics

April, 13, 2012
4/13/12
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Dwyane Wade said on Wednesday that players should be 'compensated' for playing in the Olympics. He then backed off of those comments on Thursday, issuing a statement that said, "I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics."

Fellow Olympian Carmelo Anthony disagrees with Wade's first take on Olympic compensation. He doesn't need to be paid to play for Team USA.

"I've been dealing with the USA team since I was 16, and I haven't gotten paid yet. And it's been good to me," said Anthony, who hadn't heard Wade's comments until they were relayed by a reporter and clearly meant no disrespect to the Miami Heat guard. "Everybody has their own opinion about it. It don't matter to me if I get a check or not. I'm still going to go play."

Anthony and Wade will most likely be teammates when Team USA attempts to win a second straight gold medal this summer in London.

"I want to play. This is bigger than anything," Anthony said. "Especially this time around for us to go over there to try to redeem ourselves and try to get that gold once again, this is a big one.

"And it's London, who doesn't want to go to London?"

Earlier this week, Wade told reporters, ""It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics -- a lot of jerseys you sell. We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it's not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it."

He backed off of those comments on Thursday, saying on Twitter that he didn't want to be paid to play in the Olympics.

Tyson Chandler could join Anthony and Wade in London this summer. He's on the 18-player list of finalists for the team. Former Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni will be an assistant.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2

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