We’ve seen an older, wiser version of Carmelo Anthony at the 2016 Rio Olympics, perhaps owing to the fact that basketball contemporaries like LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade all elected to sit these Games out.
Anthony is the first American men’s basketball player to compete in four Olympic Games, and his maturity since that first appearance in 2004 has been widely praised. He’s a leader for this version of Team USA, a vital scorer for a squad that is unbeaten despite some close calls during this year’s tournament.
The 32-year-old NBA star really seems to be soaking this all in, and the latest proof came Monday. Ahead of a quarterfinal matchup against Argentina set for Wednesday, Anthony used his off day to explore the poorest neighborhoods of the host nation and visit one of Brazil’s favelas. He captured the moment on Instagram, comparing the excursion to the Santa Marta section of Rio to his days growing up in Baltimore.
Anthony also made sure he got some extra practice in while away from the rest of his American teammates. He played pickup basketball with some of the locals. Looks like everybody had a good time.