It sounds like Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony wants to play in his fourth Olympics this summer in Rio. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

As we learned Monday night, even small children thousands of miles away from New York can sense Carmelo Anthony’s anguish and just want to give him a hug. So it’s understandable that when reporters broached the topic of the Olympics with the Knicks all-star forward, he cheered up a bit, realizing that playing in Rio this summer means he might experience winning for a change.

“From a morale standpoint as a player, if you’ve been through the things I’ve been through the past couple of years you want to feel what that success feels like. You want that success,” said Melo, per The New York Daily News.  “So the Olympics for me is great timing.”

Man, is that a bummer of a thing to say.

Anyway, word that Melo’s pal Chris Paul isn’t interested in suiting up for Team USA anymore hasn’t seemed to phase him all that much. In fact, just so we aren’t forced to read between the lines, Anthony parsed things very clearly when he said, “Mentally, I think it’s good for me to go out there and feel what (winning) feels like again.”

Neither Anthony nor his other superfriend, LeBron James, has said anything official regarding plans for playing in Rio. But if these comments are any indication, Melo will indeed be lacing ’em up in his fourth Olympics come summertime. Seeing as how the Knicks haven’t made the playoffs in three years and are facing a draft without a first-round pick in June, this feels like a smart decision.