This version of Carmelo Anthony was difficult to imagine when he was buried on the bench of a humiliated 2004 U.S. Olympic team. It was harder still to imagine months later, when Anthony was a young pro making off-court mistakes.

After an airpot pot bust and an appearance in a gang-related video, he was vilified by many as emblematic of everything wrong with the modern NBA. Today, he’s representing the United States with leadership and grace.

Anthony now prepares to lead Team USA to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics. It will be his fourth Olympics, a record for an American male basketball player. It could net him his third gold medal, another record. Read more…

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How Carmelo Anthony grew up to become Captain America