Monday, July 23, 2007

Carmelo Once Again Leading Team USA

(Boulder-CO) In scoring that is! Carmelo Anthony finished Team USA Basketball’s Blue and White game as the game’s high-scorer with 28 points to fit in nicely with his six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. For now he is the USA’s leading scorer, again, as the team gears up for FIBA competition.

The official box score can be viewed right here.

The blue team, led by Carmelo and Kobe, came back from a six point deficit to start the fourth quarter to win off Kobe Bryant’s jump shot from the free-throw line with just six seconds remaining. When asked about the key to the comeback, Carmelo Anthony said, “Just will. We knew we were going to be tired, we knew they were going to be tired, but we had the will to win. We came into the last huddle and said we wanted to win the game and that’s what we did.” And when asked about Kobe Bryant’s final minutes of the game, Carmelo remarked, “I knew he was going to do something crazy. I knew he had a trick up his sleeve. I just knew it.”

The only commentary I’ll add is when I saw that Kobe and Carmelo were on the same team I knew they were going to emerge victorious. I mean, C’mon, the two most prolific scorers in the game today on the same team? Who would bet against that? Both men are the closest thing to, “uncheckable”, since MJ himself left Byron Russell stumbling off the top of the key. Just knowing that both of them will be representing our country makes me a lot more confident that he USA will regain international basketball dominance.


Mike said...

How tempted do you think Kobe was to attempt a few steals from Carmelo?

Nugg Doctor said...

Hi mike,

I'll bet that Kobe was about as tempted to steal the ball from Carmelo as Carmelo wanted to steal Kobe's scoring title in last season's campaign.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

Anonymous said...

This was awesome to watch -- like the All-Star Game we never have... J-Kidd hitting LeBron behind the back was a thing of beauty... Cleveland screwed the pooch when they didn't make the moves to get Kidd to Cleveland -- would've been magic to watch.

And yeah, Melo looked great. Can't wait for next season.