Since professionals entered the Olympics the U.S. men’s basketball team has won gold medals every time, except once. Lucky for him, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony was part of that squad. It's not something he's very proud of. That's why he gave his medal to a family member. Now that bronze medal is up for auction.
Carmelo Anthony was coming off his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets. As a young sensation, Anthony was one of the youngest members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team.
The roster consisted of young NBA players early in their careers. Led by veterans like Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson, youngsters like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Anthony were only able to earn a bronze medal. It was a low point for U.S. basketball and coach Larry Brown.
The team struggled from the onset. Exhibition matches were hard to watch. Then the team lost to Puerto Rico by 19 points, 92–73. They were able to win close games against Greece and Australia but fell to Lithuania. The U.S. team was able to beat Angola and Spain.
However, a loss at the hands of Argentina ending the United States' gold medal hopes. After defeating Lithuania, the U.S. team captured a bronze medal.
Disappointed, Anthony gave the bronze medal to a family member as a gift. Julien’s Auctions claims to have documentation from the family member that it will give to the winning bidder. The listing can be found here. Anthony's 2004 Olympic bronze medal began at $4,500 and runs to June 9.
Anthony was also part of the “Redeem Team” of 2008. That was the year the NBA’s best players made it their mission to bring gold medals back to the U.S.
Clearly, Anthony considers his gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 U.S. teams more important and special than his bronze medal from 2004. After all, he still has the gold medals.