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Forward finds a summer full of discontent

By Marc J. Spears
Denver Post Staff Writer

www.denverpost.com/Storie...17,00.html


Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony is used to being the go-to guy, but his demotion to the bench for the bronze medal-winning USA Basketball team left him feeling empty and alone, he said Thursday.

Instead of celebrating his first Olympics, he spent many nights in Athens by himself in his room, depressed, eager to get back home.

"I would play my (video) games, and hope and pray that it would be over with," he said.

In his first in-depth interview since the Olympics ended Sunday, Anthony said he felt confused about his role early on, and admitted he could have handled his lack of playing time better but questioned why U.S. coach Larry Brown blasted him in the media. Nevertheless, Anthony said he would like to play in the 2008 Olympics.

"I got unfinished business to take care of," Anthony said. "I was a part of it. But I don't think I was a part of it like I should have or could have been."

Getting benched, he said, was a shock to his system because he never had been in that situation, having been a high school All-American, an NCAA champion at Syracuse as a freshman and a rookie standout with the Nuggets.

"That would affect anybody," Anthony said. "I'm not saying I'm the greatest player in the world, but I've never sat on nobody's bench."

Asked Thursday about Anthony's comments, Brown would not address them directly, saying, "I appreciate the sacrifice these guys made coming to the Olympics. ... We didn't have time to prepare. The team was put together in the last minute. When a lot of guys didn't want to go, those guys did and I'm proud of that."

Following are highlights of Anthony's take on his Olympic experience, the highs, the lows, and what it means to his future with the Nuggets.

* On Brown's coaching:

Anthony acknowledged a healthy respect for Brown, whose Detroit Pistons won the NBA title this year, but said the U.S. team would have done better if the players played more loose.

"He is a hell of a coach," Anthony said. "But at the same time, he ain't Jesus, either. He still makes mistakes. He ain't perfect. ... There are just some things you can't approach the same. We weren't the Detroit Pistons. We didn't have 90 games to play together. We had two weeks."

* When things started going wrong for him:

"It all comes down to the first (Olympic) game (against Puerto Rico)," Anthony said. "We lost (92-73) and I (showed poor body language) on the bench. After that game, people were looking at me like I was selfish and I was only thinking about myself."

Anthony played well in early exhibition games but saw his playing time decrease rapidly after a combined 4-for-16 shooting in two games before Olympic pool play. During the week after the Puerto Rico loss, Anthony said he met with Brown and left the meeting feeling they were on the same page. A day later, after a victory over Australia, Brown unloaded on him to the media.

"He's not buying into what we're doing, he's having a hard time accepting what we're trying to do," Brown said. "You can tell by the way he acts, by the way he plays."

Anthony was stunned to read the comments and said he never spoke personally to Brown the rest of the Games.

"I thought everything was cool. (Then) I hear it in the paper that I'm not on board and not going with what he wants me to do. What do you want me to do?"

* On what he should have handled better:

"Not playing. ... You could be the strongest person in the world, and to go through something like that knowing you are supposed to be out there, what type of player you are and that you're not a bad person. You feel like you're supposed to be out there helping your team. But that was my first time going through that. I didn't know how to approach the situation."

* On Team USA winning a bronze medal:

"I was happy a little bit, a tiny bit, I'm not going to lie, that we got the bronze. But, the other 95 percent of you? I didn't want to look up. I didn't want anyone to see me look mad about it. But I couldn't look up. I was embarrassed to get that. (But), I'm going to cherish it."

* On what he did in his free time:

Anthony said he attended Olympic events such as boxing, enjoyed some night life, got closer with his friend, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and played cards with teammates. But often at night he sat in his room alone, wondering how things went so wrong.

"I was in my little funk. I didn't want to be involved with nobody."

* On whether he should have gone:

"I'm glad it's over with. But I'm glad I went, most importantly. The experience was good. I saw what could happen. I know what to expect.

"I can go through anything right now. Anything. During those five weeks, I learned a lot. I got a chip on my shoulder, man. I got something to prove. I know I can play. The world knows how I can play."


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Melo's still young, he's learning what needs to be done. Having Brown and Pop there was a good learning experience for him, certainly humbling. Clearly he's a confident player, and with his size, quickness and ability at 19, he'll be able to go very far in the NBA if he can mature a good deal and do the little things. Honestly, I enjoyed how frank Melo was in this interview.

*zips up flame suit* :fire:
 

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Originally posted by <b>EHL</b>!

* On Brown's coaching:

Anthony acknowledged a healthy respect for Brown, whose Detroit Pistons won the NBA title this year, but said the U.S. team would have done better if the players played more loose.

"He is a hell of a coach," Anthony said. "But at the same time, he ain't Jesus, either. He still makes mistakes. He ain't perfect. ... There are just some things you can't approach the same. We weren't the Detroit Pistons. We didn't have 90 games to play together. We had two weeks."
Thank you Carmelo. Finally, someone who has got to see the man coach, finally admit that he isn't perfect. He has his chinks and it is stubbornness. He got those damn players so pysched out they looked terrible out there. No more coaches with Carolina connection at the Olympics please.

Melo's still young, he's learning what needs to be done. Having Brown and Pop there was a good learning experience for him, certainly humbling. Clearly he's a confident player, and with his size, quickness and ability at 19, he'll be able to go very far in the NBA if he can mature a good deal and do the little things. Honestly, I enjoyed how frank Melo was in this interview.

*zips up flame suit* :fire:
I hope you don't get flamed for this, because I gained more respect for Carmelo for being honest. I think he will have a very good season next year.
 

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Originally posted by <b>EHL</b>!
Melo's still young, he's learning what needs to be done. Having Brown and Pop there was a good learning experience for him, certainly humbling. Clearly he's a confident player, and with his size, quickness and ability at 19, he'll be able to go very far in the NBA if he can mature a good deal and do the little things. Honestly, I enjoyed how frank Melo was in this interview.
Very interesting interview to say the least. I promise the "we hate Melo" wagon will make a nice little home for awhile in this thread. However, I agree with your analysis that I quoted. I like his confidence, but he does need to be humbled a bit before he becomes a superstar in this league.

Melo seems to know exactly what his harshest critics say of him, and he realized them quickly. He does have some maturing to do, which is honestly pretty reasonable considering his age.

I really think as far as attitude goes, Melo is a whole lot like Kobe Bryant in the same stage of their careers. They both are arrogent, both have that killer instinct that allows them to take over games and use all of their talent to dominate, to not hold back. Except I think that Melo is a more relaxed and acceptable guy off the court than Kobe, who is a bit of a loner.

I think that Larry Brown is childish himself, but since he won an NBA title, I guess he has earned the right to whine and complain.
 

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Great post. That was a pretty candid interview from melo. I kinda lost alot of respect for Larry Brown after watching the Olympics because of his stubborness to play the Young players even when his starting lineup was not working. Melo should have played more, i don't like him that much but he is a great player. It isn't melos fault that he can't score when brown plays him in the garbage minutes, same goes for Lebron. When duncan was in foul trouble Amare should have got more play time. instead brown chooses to play MArion and Jefferson at the same time.
 

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Originally posted by <b>John The Cool Kid</b>!

I promise the "we hate Melo" wagon will make a nice little home for awhile in this thread.
I knew you were going to say that... I'm waiting, if they don't show up I'm going to call you on it.
 

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Originally posted by <b>Nevus</b>!
I knew you were going to say that... I'm waiting, if they don't show up I'm going to call you on it.
I knew you were going to say that. ;) Seriously though, I'd be very surprised if peopel didnt criticize him for this interview like they have his other interviews.
 

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Why would we criticize him for this interview? He admitted that he did a bad job of handling the situation with his playing time, that's great. He's not used to being humble so it took a big man to say the things he did.

He shouldn't have been on the Olympic team, but I think the experience will help him become a better player.
 

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I've been (and to a greater or lesser extent remain) an Anthony critic, but I understand where he's coming from after reading that interview. He seems like a decent guy who couldn't figure out what his moody coach wanted from him. Anthony certainly didn't handle the situation perfectly, but neither did Brown. At least Anthony has age as a reasonable excuse. I don't think he's a cancer or anything. I do think he has some growing up to do and he needs to learn humility. It seemed to blow his mind there might be five players on the US Olympic team better than him, which is pretty arrogant.
 

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Exactly. It doesn't matter that he got a lot of playing time in school and college and with the Nuggets. In the Olympics he was playing in a team in which some players were better and more experienced than him. He should have been able to swallow his ego and face it. Sulking in his room didn't do any good.

Btw, I think Brown was an idiot for publicly disparaging Melo.
 

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He admitted his incapability to handle the situation, and it takes a big man to do that. He didn't whine at all, and that's a surprise. He made some arguably "whiny" comments, but nothing I'm against. Really cool, the honesty he showed was great. He didn't really blast anyone... just defended himself. His respect points just went up a bit in my book. ;)
 

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melo started growing up. much respect for this interview. he's very talented but with questionable attitude, but i belive it was due to his immaturity and it willl change very soon.
 

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I respect Melo more for this. And it only underscores what I and some others were thinking about something going on behind the scenes with this team.

I would not be shocked if Melo's story is just one of many. There was no doubt **** going on behind closed doors with this team.

I'm glad Melo wants to go back too. So we've got Lebron, Melo, and Marbury on board so far.

And I am always interested to hear about Lebron and Melo's friendship off the court. Good to hear Melo wasn't completely alone over there and teammates like Lebron were trying to pick him up.
 

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Melo is a selfish egomaniac. Who does he think he is to criticize Larry "The Almighty" Brown? This 19 year old punk needs to learn to respect his elders. His extreme elders. Actually flat-out saying that LB is less than perfect.... what's the world coming to?

What a poor sport. The NBA could do without him.
 

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Larry Brown shouldn't have slagged Melo in the press. Actually, that was a very Un-Larry Brownish thing to do...
 

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Originally posted by <b>Spriggan</b>!


What a poor sport. The NBA could do without him.
The NBA could do without anybody.
 

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Larry Brown shouldn't have slagged Melo in the press. Actually, that was a very Un-Larry Brownish thing to do...
who cares? Phil Jackson has slayed Kobe in the media like 5 times in the last year alone, and he's the biggest basketball star/ego in the world. and sorry, when i saw him play in the olympics he looked terrible. his butt was right where it belonged on the bench, and he should have been taking notes innstead of being pouty. larry brown should be able to rip a player when and where ever he wants
 

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I'm making sure I remember the Melo haters. Because there is going to be a big nugget bandwagon this year. Denver isnt even done adding free agents...and maybe even another trade. I wouldnt clown teams and players that are on the rise. You dont see me heat bashing. Wouldnt do it. I could easily eat my words next year. Although I am Bosh bashing because I think guys calling him our version of some superstar is a complete joke.

to all you bosh fans. Nene is our version of Shaq. What a joke. Oh ok I suppose I am Vince Carter trade value bashing. We will give you lenard skita and andre miller. you give us Carter and Palacio.
 

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larry brown is an idiot for blasting people in the press , i guess if we lost ALL The blame would be on the players but if we won all of it would be to his credit
 
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