While Carmelo Anthony looks to be in high demand around the NBA these days, it seems the Knicks' free agent has just sold a little piece of himself for a measly 14 grand.
The bronze medal won by the star forward at the 2004 Athens Olympics has been auctioned off for $14,080, according to Inside the Games. The disappointing third-place medal was listed at auction house Julien’s Auctions. The buyer’s identity was not revealed.
The U.S. men’s basketball team beat Lithuania 104-96 to win bronze, while Argentina took gold and Italy won silver. It was the only time the American men didn’t win a basketball gold medal since professionals were permitted to compete in the Olympics.
Four years later in Beijing, the “Redeem Team,” which Anthony was also a member of, succeeded in their goal of winning back the gold. The 2012 London Games also saw a gold medal win for Melo and the American men.
According to Julien’s Auctions, Anthony was unhappy with his team’s performance in Athens and “no longer cared to have [the medal] in his possession.” He then gave the bronze medal to a family member as a gift. The medal was put up for auction in May, with bids starting at $4,500.
Guess if you have two gold medals, a bronze is just tacky.