Melo: I'll play in London Olympics

January, 18, 2012
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Calling it a 'blessing' to be named to Team USA's preliminary 20-man roster, Carmelo Anthony said that he would "absolutely" participate in this summer's Olympic games -- if healthy.

"I look forward to going to London, look forward to representing Team USA for the third time," Anthony said on Tuesday. "Hopefully, we’ll have another chance to go get that gold medal."

Anthony participated in the 2004 Olympics in Athens when the United States settled for bronze. He also played in the '08 games, winning gold in Beijing.

"I talked to [USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo], he told me he would love for me to be part of that team again. So it’s a blessing to get that phone call again, knowing the part I played in ’08," Anthony said. "Hopefully I can get that chance to play that same part this year."

The 12-man roster and alternates for the Olympics will be chosen from the new 20-player pool in June.

Also included in the pool is Knicks center Tyson Chandler. Chandler played on the national team that won the 2010 World Championships.

Mike D'Antoni will serve as an assistant on the staff, under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.1 3.1 0.9 36.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.0
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.4
StealsS. Larkin 1.3
BlocksL. Amundson 1.6