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Carmelo Anthony still undecided about Rio Olympics

Carmelo Anthony with USA Basketball at 2012 Olympics
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Carmelo Anthony still undecided about Rio Olympics

The three-time Olympian has not said definitively that he will play if selected to the U.S. team

Carmelo Anthony remains committed to USA Basketball, but is undecided about the Rio Games.

"I've been committed since my junior year in high school," Anthony told NBCOlympics.com. "With this one I'm going to take my time and really think about it, and, you know, a lot has to go into play with this one."

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Anthony has played in each Summer Olympics since 2004, winning two gold medals -- in 2008 and 2012 -- and a bronze -- in 2004 -- with Team USA. Along with LeBron James, Anthony has a chance to make history as the first U.S. player on the men's side to win gold three times.

"I haven't really envisioned that and what that really means," Anthony told NBCOlympics.com when asked about the prospect of winning a third gold medal. "It really hasn't sunk in to me at this moment."

At the 2012 London Games, Anthony averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and set a U.S. scoring record with 37 points in a win against Nigeria.

The New York Knicks forward just finished playing his fourteenth season in the NBA, but he doesn't see himself calling it quits any time soon.

Anthony, 31, told CNBC's Kelly Evans that he's watched how long his peers have played and hopes to stay in the league for years to come.

"I think I'm in the prime of my career right now. I have years to go in this league," Anthony told Evans. "I see guys playing 20 years. That's a goal of mine - to play 20 NBA seasons."

It would seem that Anthony was referring to two of his previous Olympic teammates: Kobe Bryant retired this season after playing 20 years in the NBA and Tim Duncan just finished his 19th season.

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Anthony has dealt with nagging injuries over the years, including a knee injury that required surgery in 2015, but the 9-time All-Star played 72 games this past season.

Still, Anthony wants to be playing more; specifically, he wants to be playing now.

"I need to be there. I'm sitting on the edge  of my seat and looking at that," Anthony told Evans when asked about this year's NBA Playoffs. "Sometimes I have to turn [off the] TV because the competitive spirit starts coming out."

The third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Anthony enjoyed his most well-rounded season as a pro in 2015-16. He posted a career high in assists, while averaging 21.8 points and 7.7 boards per game.

Anthony spoke to Evans for CNBC's Closing Bell while promoting his new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed clothing line for kids. He also makes a cameo in the newest Turtles installment Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. 

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