The U.S. squad is off to another fantastic start at the 2012 Olympic Games and are 2-0 so far in the tournament. Team is led by LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and both are playing in their third Olympics which now allows them to be added to a very exclusive club.
James and Anthony now join Spurs legend David Robinson as the only players to play in three Olympics.
"We're very humbled from the simple fact that we've been selected once again, but we don't take it for granted," said James, who added that he wasn't aware of the rare three-peat until someone told him. "This is a very select group of guys who get this opportunity every four years and for us to be a part of it for three consecutive teams is an unbelievable feat."
Robinson played in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics while James and Anthony played in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games.
"I'd have come full circle," Anthony said. "Just the feeling of having that experience of being at the bottom of it all as far as USA Basketball goes in 2004 and then coming back to redeem ourselves in 2008, I had to come back. LeBron had to come back. We had to do it once again.
"Even right now, in London, that gold medal in '08 was sweet, but this one would be even better."
"For me to get that call and be one of the 12 guys to represent the USA," Anthony said, "you can't ask for anything better than that."
For as much as these two players get the raw end of the deal in the media from how they conduct themselves on the court, there is not denying they have been two of the few NBA players to be willing to risk injury. That says a lot about players who are portrayed as selfish.
Though if David Stern has his way, these three players may be the only members of the club seeing he wants to limit Team U.S.A. to players under 23.
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