posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 10:07 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Carmelo Anthony has a message for Argentina, Lithuania and the other best basketball teams from around the world: The United
States is going to win at the Athens Games.
"We're guaranteeing a gold medal. We're bringing it back," Anthony boldly predicted Monday on his first day of practice with the U.S. national
It took very little prodding for Anthony to basically repeat what he said last week on David Letterman's late-night television talk show. It betrayed
a level of youthful cockiness that might seem at odds with one of the main messages the American coaching staff tried to get across at the team's
welcome dinner Sunday night: Respect the competition.
"That's just a young kid saying that," coach Larry Brown said when informed of Anthony's guarantee. "But as long as he respects the people we're
playing against and understands how good they've got, I don't have any problem with that."
The United States will field the youngest roster, with an average age of 23.6, since it began sending professionals to the Olympics in 1992.