On Sunday August 12, 2012, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony won his second Olympic gold medal. The only thing missing from his trophy case is an NBA Championship. I hope Anthony has learned from his success at the Olympics. Here are five lessons he should take from the London 2012 Olympics.
1. It Is Okay to Share the Ball
During the London 2012 Olympics, Anthony deferred to his teammates often, and Team USA earned a perfect 8-0 record. Anthony freely passed the ball to his teammates, and they responded. He was still second on the team in scoring.
2. Winning Is the Only Thing That Matters
If Anthony wants to win an NBA Championship, he must place winning first. He must do whatever it takes to win. At the Olympics, Anthony came off the bench for Team USA. But he accepted that role and performed well. This is the attitude Anthony must have on the Knicks.
3. The Back Seat Is Good Too
A basketball team with multiple scoring options is tough to defend. On the Knicks, Anthony has plenty of talented players around him. He needs to let his teammates take the lead sometimes. Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire can score 30 points on any given night, and Anthony should welcome that.
4. Trust the Coach
Anthony trusted Coach Mike Krzyzewski at the Olympics, and Team USA kept winning. Anthony needs to place the same trust in Knicks head coach Mike Woodson. This will give Woodson the best chance to succeed. Anthony's support will also be a great example for his teammates to follow.
5. Trust and Empower Teammates
The only way the Knicks can win an NBA Championship is if all the players perform well as a team. Anthony needs to trust in his teammates. He needs to empower them to shoot the ball or make a great defensive play. Basketball is a team game, and this is how Anthony can make the team better.
These are five lessons Anthony can take from the London 2012 Olympics. Anthony has been very successful at the Olympics. Now he needs to use that experience to elevate the Knicks in the NBA.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.