Carmelo Anthony has single-handedly destroyed entire nations during the 2012 Summer Olympics, so it should come as no surprise that some countries would love to run up and punch him in the dick. That dream was made flesh during Team USA’s final group game against Argentina.
During the final seconds of the third-quarter — and the U.S. holding a comfortable 102-76 lead over their rivals— little Facundo Campazzo hit Anthony between the legs as the All-Pro forward drained a three-point shot.
Campazzo— who is the backup to the Knicks newly signed free agent Pablo Prigioni— claims that he did not intentionally hit Anthony.
After the game, Campazzo accused U.S. point guard Chris Paul of punching him in the first half. (via The Other Paper)
Ah, the old “I didn’t do it, but he started it” defense. The best part is the side story about Kobe Bryant getting mad at yelling at Campazzo in Spanish, causing the guy to apologize TO KOBE but not Melo. That’s just the way it goes, I guess. Here’s the clip, if you want to see the “confusion” of a guy purposefully punching somebody in the junk and telling us we imagined it.
The U.S. went on to win the game 126-97 and finish 5-0 in group play, moving them into a quarterfinals thing with Australia, with the winner of that game playing the winner of Brazil/Argentina. If we get another U.S./Argentina game, I want full-on ‘Arch Rivals’ elbows to the crotch until everyone’s on the ground screaming at each other.