Thursday, August 10, 2006
Carmelo practices with Team USA, says knee is OK
ESPN.com news services
HONG KONG -- Team USA's Carmelo Anthony practiced for more than two hours Thursday at Hong Kong University, seeming recovered from the knee injury he suffered two days earlier against Brazil, USA Basketball said in a news release.
Anthony, currently the USA's leading scorer (17.3 ppg.) after the team's first three exhibition games, crashed into the bench and had to be assisted to the locker room with 2:21 to play in the second quarter after diving for a loose ball. His injury was announced as a hyperextended right knee, and he did not return to Tuesday's narrow 90-86 victory.
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"It felt good, I was impressed about the way it felt. I thought it might be sore, but my knee felt good," Anthony said following practice. "I got my rhythm back; that was something I was worried about, but it felt good all practice."
Team USA will continue to train in Hong Kong before leaving late Friday for Seoul, South Korea, for exhibition games Sunday against Lithuania and Tuesday against Korea before opening World Championship preliminary round play Aug. 19 against Puerto Rico.