Puerto Rico would love to have Carmelo Anthony wear the jersey of the National Team.
Carmelo Anthony ’s was born in Brooklyn to a father of Puerto Rican descent.
Per ESPN, Anthony would need USA Basketball to grant him a waiver to play for Puerto Rico, which would be easily attainable. Anthony stands as Team USA’s all-time Olympic scoring leader with 336 points. There’s no indication that Anthony ever plans to play for Puerto Rico, but federation president Yum Ramos is determined to extend him an invitation.
“I’m a big fan of Carmelo not only as a basketball player, but more importantly as one of our Puerto Rican heroes,” Ramos told ESPN. “He and his foundation have done a lot for Puerto Rico. I think along with J.J. Barea, Carmelo could make a huge impact on the team and help lift the spirits of our country.”