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U.S. upset over Argentina’s nut shot on Carmelo Anthony (Picture)

On paper, it appeared that the US men’s basketball team’s 126-97 win over Argentina in the final game before the knockout stage was a breeze. In many ways it was, but for Carmelo Anthony it was a bit more painful. As you can see from the screenshot above, Anthony took a shot to the groin as he was attempting a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

The three went in, but as the video at Eye on Basketball shows it certainly appeared that Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo threw an unneccesary below-the-belt shot as the buzzer sounded.

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Carmelo Anthony: Linsanity prompted the ‘selfish’ accusations

Carmelo Anthony is really hung-up on Jeremy Lin. The Knicks forward has been playing extremely well for Team USA at the Olympics, and that’s caused many people to reevaluate their opinion of him.

Coach K doesn’t understand why Melo gets a bad rap, but Anthony thinks he knows where it all started.

“Let’s be frank about it,” he said in an interview with USA Today. “When it comes to the Knicks, we’re talking about one particular point in time. We’re talking about the whole ‘Linsanity’ thing. That’s when it started. That’s when it started to escalate as far as people saying I was selfish.”

Although I believe Melo got an unfair share of the blame for the Knicks’ struggles upon his trade to New York, he’s flat-out wrong about his comments.

Melo has been considered somewhat of a ballhog since his first years in the NBA with the Nuggets. He’s always been an elite scorer, and he helped take Denver to the Western Conference Finals, but it’s well known that he takes a lot of shots and that ball movement often stops with him.

Things really were magnified after he was traded to the Knicks and the team began struggling. He simply was a bad fit for coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and that’s why the selfish accusations began. It didn’t start with Jeremy Lin, it only continued during Linsanity.

Regardless of what Melo may say about his relationship with Lin, it’s clear he has what Matt Moore at Pro Basketball Talk termed a “persecution complex” about the point guard.

H/T I am a GM

Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni seem to be getting along at the Olympics

When we last saw Mike D’Antoni, he was resigning as the Knicks coach, seemingly as the fall guy in an alleged contentious relationship with his star player Carmelo Anthony. That was in March.

Now, after moping around in his PJ’s, D’Antoni is an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff for Team USA. A team that, oh by the way, Anthony is also a member of. Awkward? One would certainly assume so.

Even Anthony acknowledged that things between the two could have been weird. He and D’Antoni hadn’t spoken since the resignation until U.S. basketball convened for camp in Las Vegas earlier this month. That’s when they found themselves in a situation that forced them to break the ice.

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Carmelo Anthony: ‘Anything that happens in New York they blame me’

Looks like Carmelo Anthony is playing the “woe is me” card again.

There has been speculation that Melo did not want Jeremy Lin back with the Knicks and that that is one of the reasons the team didn’t match Houston’s offer sheet for the point guard. Speaking from London on Friday, Anthony denied that is the case.

“Believe it or not, I was one of the true supporters of Jeremy Lin,’’ Anthony said, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “Whether it was staying or going to Houston. That’s not something I go out and brag and broadcast about. After he signed with Houston, I talked to him. He texted me, It was a great text. What he sent me meant a lot.

“Money talks, at the end of the day,’’ Anthony said, per the Post. “Houston threw something out there that he couldn’t refuse. The Knicks organization didn’t feel like they had to match it. I’m proud of him, happy for him. Just to see where he came from, see where he started and ending up back in Houston the team that let him go and put us in a position to let us acquire him. He’s back out there in a totally different situation and settlement. I wish him all the luck.’’

Melo termed the contract offer Lin received from the Rockets “ridiculous,” though it wasn’t clear if he was speaking about the entire 3-year $25.1 million deal, or just the “poison pill” third year worth nearly $15 million. He also called Lin the Knicks’ “Rudy” in February, which seems like a backhanded compliment. But Melo ignored all that when he painted himself as the victim.

“It is what it is,” Anthony said, per the New York Daily News. “Anything that happens in New York they blame me. I accept that. I don’t really worry about it to be honest with you.”

Anthony has been busy defending his character many times in recent months. Why? Because the Knicks haven’t met expectations and because he is their top player — the one they gave up so much to get.

Does he deserve all the blame he receives? Probably not. But we do believe he had issues with Mike D’Antoni, which he denies, and that he didn’t mesh with Lin. The two can still like each other, and Melo can still hope the best for Lin, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t want to be teammates with him. Anthony must think we can’t figure that out.

H/T I am a GM

Carmelo Anthony calls Jeremy Lin’s contract offer from Rockets ‘ridiculous’

Jeremy Lin has a three-year, $25 million contract lined up with the Rockets. The Knicks, whenever they feel like checking the fax machine, have the right to match that offer and retain Lin. And, for the longest time, they were expected to do just that, even if that meant putting themselves in even more dire financial straights.

But now it would appear the Knicks have changed their minds on Lin after trading for point guard Raymond Felton from the Blazers on Saturday. It’s still not clear what the Knicks have planned for Lin, but it’s believed they’ll let him escape to the Rockets.

When asked about this turn of events involving his team and arguably its most popular player last season, Carmelo Anthony said this to Newsday’s Rod Boone:

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Carmelo Anthony reportedly told media Chris Paul will be a Knick in a couple years

Before Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, there was a lot of talk about him going to New York to create a new big three along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. As we know, things rarely ever turn out the way people expect them to. Paul is a free agent after next season, and while he has been reportedly recruiting players to come to the Clippers he says he intends to weigh his options in free agency when the year ends. Is there still a possibility of CP3 winding up in New York? We know he loves playing with Blake Griffin and the Clippers have a young core that is only going to improve, but it sounds like Anthony is still holding out hope.

With the way their cap situation looks, it’s unlikely the Knicks would be able to bring a big three together. If Paul signs with the Knicks it would mean they are trading either ‘Melo or Amar’e. CP3 turned down the Clippers’ recent offer of three years and $60 million, but that’s probably because they can offer him a five-year deal when he becomes a free agent next year. My gut tells me he’ll stay in L.A., which would be the smart thing to do given the current state of the Knicks and Clippers. However, we have learned on multiple occasions in the past that things aren’t always that simple. After all, they did already make the toast.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

Carmelo Anthony says his ‘time is coming’ for a title

Breaking weight-loss news, guys. Carmelo Anthony has reportedly dropped 12 pounds since the Knicks’ season ended in the first round of the playoffs. Because if there was only one Carmelo criticism it would be that he’s too fat.

But Melo has been training for the Olympics with Tyson Chandler in Los Angeles. Both Knicks recently had dinner with Jeremy Lin and head coach Mike Woodson, and they were impressed by Anthony’s new svelte look.

“I’m exceeding expectations,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “They were kind of shocked to see me down in weight. They came to my workout, saw it. They’re actually excited how much hard work I’ve put in since the season ended.”

It’s all part of the new Carmelo who’s now even more determined to finally get that elusive first championship. Now that Chris Bosh and LeBron James are at last ringed-up, as evidenced by last week’s champagne showers, Carmelo is the only player drafted in the top five of that vaunted 2003 draft yet to win a title. (Yes, even Darko has one.) But he seems to believe that should take care of itself soon.

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