Carmelo Anthony denied chance with Team USA

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2019

He was a very good global player.

USA Basketball declined a potential reunion with all-time leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, despite the recent wave of players turning down invites to participate in the looming 2019 FIBA World Cup. He leads Team USA in games played and is their all-time leading Olympic scorer, among other honors, and for years, fans hoped to see the version of Anthony that starred overseas make the transition to the National Basketball Association.

One of only three men's basketball players to win four Olympic medals along with Gennady Volnov and Sergey Belov of the Soviet Union, Anthony earned his first back in 2004, when the US lost three times and stumbled to a bronze that prompted a wholesale overhaul of the program under Colangelo.

"I don't have any leverage on the players", Colangelo said this week in a sit-down interview with The Athletic.

It's not really clear how Anthony could be a "distraction", as Colangelo claims he might be. But for where we are and what we're doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. He helped the USA win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, then was instrumental in pushing the Americans to three consecutive gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 in the Games.

The 35-year-old last appeared in a game November 8 with the Houston Rockets before the team informed Anthony it was moving on. He's trying to re-establish himself.

Anthony now is a free agent after he was waived by the Bulls in February. "I think that has to be done in the [NBA]".

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