How would an Olympic gold compare with an NBA championship?
Tyson Chandler: Winning the NBA Finals with Dallas was a great experience for me. As far as the Olympics goes, it’s something that I dreamed of as a kid. It’s hard to imagine actually standing on that medal stand. To be able to represent my country in the Olympics on the gold medal stand would be a new level for me.
Carmelo Anthony: It’s two different things. At the end of the day, they’re still championships. You reach the pinnacle of each, the NBA and the Olympics. But to go [to London] and try to repeat, to go for my second gold medal is going to be harder. It’s going to be tougher, but that’s why we’re going through what we’re going through right now in training camp and this journey. So, I’m trying to enjoy the journey once again because who knows. This might be our last [chance].
Tyson Chandler: You really can’t focus on one player or team because that’s when you get bit by another one, but if I had to single anyone out, the Gasol brothers on Spain are always a real test for us. I’m really looking forward to seeing the other teams and players, our opponents on the court and how they play.
Carmelo Anthony: I believe that every country is building their team to beat us. We have a target on our back. We know that. We accept that, but we’ll be ready when the time comes. I laughed at [Serge Ibaka's] comment. (The Oklahoma City power forward, who plays for Spain, said, ‘They are just like us, they also have players with a lot of talent’). It’s funny. I haven’t really heard the exact comment, but it’s funny to hear that. We’ll be ready to play them.
What are you looking forward to sightseeing in London?
Tyson Chandler: I’m definitely interested in seeing the city. I might go to the Tate or some museums though because I’m into art so that’s on my list.
Carmelo Anthony: I really just want to enjoy the entire experience so we’ll see the city as a team most likely and that is something I’m really looking forward to doing.
Do you miss your family?
Tyson Chandler: I do miss my family. I grew up on a farm and had a big family growing up so that’s always been important to me, but I’m constantly travelling in the NBA so I’ll be OK on the road.
Carmelo Anthony: No, I’m done with getting homesick. I’m always on the road. I miss my family sometimes, but getting homesick is a thing of the past. I represent New York wherever I go now so I think of it like that. Wherever I go, New York comes with me.