NBA Free Agent Carmelo Anthony recently applied to play for team USA to revitalize his basketball career. The former NBA All-Star has struggled to make his way on to an NBA roster. This is another step in the wrong direction for the player who once was an elite NBA scorer.
It has been a rough couple of years for Carmelo Anthony’s professional career. Some of it falls on him and some of it was due to being in a poor situation. He recently cleared up a lot of what happened in Oklahoma City and Houston during an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Stephen A Smith.
Even with Carmelo trending down, the move to decline him seems odd. USA Basketball has been declined by many players themselves. They still have several roster spots to fill. Despite that, Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of USA Basketball informed Anthony’s camp that the team didn’t have a place for him
Carmelo Anthony has a strong history with USA Basketball
It is also surprising that USA Basketball didn’t give him an opportunity based on Anthony’s history with the program. He helped bring home 3 gold medals in 2008, 2012, and 2016 respectively. In fact, three gold medals is a world record for any player that has ever played in the Olympics.
During the 2016 campaign, Carmelo put up 12.1 point, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for Team USA.
Colangelo did give a little insight as to why they are not interested in Carmelo Anthony.
“I love Carmelo,” Colangelo said. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the NBA.”
Distraction or not, USA Basketball is going to field the court with players like Marcus Smart and Mason Plumlee. This one hurts for Carmelo Anthony.