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Carmelo Anthony Denied From Team USA Because He 'Could Have Been A Distraction'

(via theScore)

(via theScore)

The on-going Carmelo Anthony saga has been the talk of the town in recent weeks. After failing to find an NBA home, the 10x All-Star went live to the world in a Nationally Televised interview with ESPN's Stephen A Smith. As a clearly disappointed Melo told his side of the story, the looming sense of doubt continued to hang over his head.

While many had hoped that Anthony would be added to the Team USA roster, it soon became clear they had no interest in taking him on, either. Apparently, his presence would have been too much of a distraction.

(Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated)

"I love Carmelo," Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said. "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 leads all players in All-Time scoring for the team, holds several international records, and has won a grand total of four gold medals in his time for Team USA.

Unfortunately, Father Time has come for the once unstoppable scorer, and it's likely the reason why Colangelo denied his request to play. In 10 games for the Rockets last season, he averaged just 13.4 points on 40% shooting, some of the lowest marks of his career.

It is also likely that Carmelo was looking towards Team USA as a gateway back into the NBA. Clearly, Colangelo is trying to avoid that kind of mindset as he assembles his roster.

Whatever the case, Carmelo will not be returning to the USA team this year. He might not be returning to the NBA, either...