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'Melo bulks up to back his guarantee

Marc Stein's Slams and Dunks, Team USA edition.

Updated: July 30, 2004, 7:35 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Slams and Dunks, Team USA edition:

The week's big surprise from Carmelo Anthony was not his gold-medal guarantee. Hardly. Anyone who follows 'Melo knows he came into the league with Hall of Fame self-confidence. If anyone on Team USA was going to promise success on Day 1, it figured to be Anthony.

The surprise, then?

It's simply how big 'Melo looks.

You'll see for yourself Saturday afternoon when Team USA's exhibition against Puerto Rico airs on ...

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