August 19, 2008 3:08 AM
Anthony wants to play in 2012 Olympics
By Chris Tomasson
BEIJING _ Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is enjoying his Olympic experience so much he's interested in returning for the 2012 Games in London.
"Hell, yeah,'' he said. "I'll be 27 years old (actually 28)... Depending on what the process is, I am open to 2012. We shall see what the process is.''
However, with the current Olympic team having made a three-summer commitment, starting with the 2006 World Championships, Anthony didn't sound too keen on doing that again.
"It is a grind, but I don't think that, from what I'm hearing there will be another three-year commitment or something like that,'' he said. "So I will have to see that. But, if it's come to play and try out in '11 or '12, then I'll be good for that.''
Perhaps Anthony has good sources. But USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, his team set to face Australia in a Wednesday quarterfinal, said it hasn't been decided yet how the 2012 Olympic team might be selected.
"There really is no plan,'' Colangelo said. "I wanted so much to just stay focused on this week. There is a whole different set of circumstances if you win or you don't win. To talk about a plan is kind of premature either way.
"I have thought about it if it happens the right way and we finish the job, and how we might do it. I don't think it's even appropriate for me to say now what we might do. The players, I want them to enjoy the moment and we'll get to it... If we can finish the job, I can say that we can take it to another level. How we do that might be different than how we've done it the last three years.''
Colangelo said players after the Olympics won't be given any immediate instructions on what the next step is. He said nothing is likely to be concrete until next season already has started.
"I don't think it's right,'' Colangelo said when asked if it would be unfair for the players to told after winning gold that there is a training camp next summer. "We want to win, and we want to enjoy it. We'll have plenty of time to talk about it. I need something to do when this is over so don't rush me... It will be into (next) season (before a decision is made). The guys need to go home and rest and get ready for (NBA training) camp.''
It's not even certain Colangelo will return to his role as team czar.
"I haven't made up my mind,'' he said.
More certain is that Anthony wants to play in 2012. It he does, it would be his third Olympics.