Melo: Low blow was 'uncalled for'
August, 7, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Carmelo Anthony wasn't happy about getting hit in the groin by Argentina guard Facundo Campazzo on Monday.
"It was definitely a cheap shot. Something like that, I don't play like that, I don't agree with that," Anthony told reporters in London Tuesday before practice. "If you're going to foul somebody ... foul them hard, but you don't take a shot like that. So I don't agree with that, but at this point there's really nothing that nobody can do about it."
Campazzo hit Anthony in the groin while Anthony was shooting a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third quarter during the Americans' 126-97 victory.
The 6-8 Anthony hit the deck immediately. As he was on the ground, some of his United States teammates and coaches argued with the Argentinian bench.
It looked like forward Luis Scola got into it with head coach Mike Krzyzewski near midcourt, and several players, including Tyson Chandler and Anthony (after he got up), were woofing at Argentina.
On Tuesday, Anthony called the incident "uncalled for."
"Nobody takes cheap shots like that," Anthony said. "That was a cheap shot. He got one, he took it, he got away with it. There's nothing we can do about it."
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MELO SAYS HATE STARTED WITH LINSANITY: Anthony had a few interesting things to say over the weekend about the idea that he's a selfish player and the origin of that label.
Speaking with USA Today, Anthony said the "selfish" label was applied to him in New York during Jeremy Lin's rise to prominence.
With Anthony sidelined with a groin injury, Lin came out of nowhere to lead the Knicks to a 8-1 record. The Knicks then lost eight of 10 after Anthony returned.
"Let's be frank about it," he said. "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."
Anthony was labeled selfish during his days in Denver as well, particularly for the perception that he forced a trade to New York. But Anthony seems to be talking specifically about his time in New York in his remarks above.
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