When it comes to playing the game of basketball Carmelo Anthony expects some hard fouls but he draws the line at cheap shots, especially to the groin area.
Anthony, a member of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team was taking a three point shot in the closing seconds of the third quarter against Argentina on Monday night when he was hit in the groin by Argentina guard Facundo Campazzo.
Team USA went on to claim a 126-97 victory and while he was happy for the win Anthony told reports before Tuesday’s practice:
“It was definitely a cheap shot. Something like that, I don’t play like that, I don’t agree with that.”
Anthony then added:
“If you’re going to foul somebody … foul them hard, but you don’t take a shot like that. So I don’t agree with that, but at this point there’s really nothing that nobody can do about it.”
He concluded his statement by once again calling it a “cheap shot” while noting “there’s nothing we can do about it.”
The foul occurred right in front of the U.S. bench where Anthony’s teammates appeared irate after realizing that the hit was intentional and there was nothing they could do about it.
After the game Campazzo said he apolozied to Kobe Bryan but not directly to Carmelo Anthony. Campazzo says he was still mad after Chris Paul punched him earlier in the game.
Carmelo Anthony says he doesn’t plan to watch a replay of the hit and is busily focusing on Wednesday’s upcoming Olympic match.