Report: USA Basketball denies Anthony's request to play

Report: USA Basketball denies Anthony's request to play
By Reuters

08/08/2019 at 18:21Updated 08/08/2019 at 18:23

Carmelo Anthony wanted to play for Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup but was denied, SI.com reported.

Jerry Colangelo, the managing director of USA Basketball, told the outlet that
he informed Anthony's camp the team didn't have a place for him, despite his
long record with the program and the number of departures of NBA players from
the team.

Anthony has played on a record four U.S. Olympic teams, winning three gold
medals (2008, 2012 and 2016) and a bronze (2004). He is the all-time leading
scorer in U.S. men's Olympic history.

Colangelo said Anthony made his request through a representative. Anthony, 35,
has been out of the NBA since he was waived on Feb. 1. He played 10 games
early in the 2018-19 season for the Houston Rockets.

"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)."

A 10-time All-Star, Anthony has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0
assists over 16 NBA seasons.

--Field Level Media

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