Why Anthony thrives on Team USA

Examining five reasons why the Knicks' star has excelled in international play

Updated: August 8, 2012, 12:59 PM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN the Magazine
Carmelo AnthonyGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesCarmelo Anthony has appeared to have found his comfort zone in Olympic competition.

Judging from his outstanding play in the Olympic tournament, Carmelo Anthony's game appears to be tailor-made for FIBA-style hoops. Well, that's because it is. Add in the fact that coach Mike Krzyzewski has carved him out a very specific scoring role in which he's surrounded by players who complement his game, and the result has been the best international play of his career.


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