Carmelo Anthony rejected by USA Basketball in bid to join team for FIBA World Cup

Carmelo Anthony will be watching Team USA compete for its third consecutive FIBA World Cup title from the sidelines.

According to USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, Anthony requested to join the team through a representative, but Colangelo said the team was moving in a different direction.

“I love Carmelo,” Colangelo told Sports Illustrated. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the [NBA].”

Anthony, 35, has been a huge asset on national American teams in the past. He helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, then was instrumental in pushing the Americans to three consecutive gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 in the Games.

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