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Bad Break For Denver: Anthony Out 3 Weeks

January 6, 2009

Denver Nuggets All-Star Carmelo Anthony will miss at least three weeks with a broken bone in his shooting hand, but it’s being reported that he won’t need surgery.

From the Associated Press:

Anthony was fitted with a red, removable splint Tuesday after breaking a bone in his right hand in a victory over the Indiana Pacers the night before.

He’s been told by doctors he’ll be out 3-to-4 weeks.

“Hopefully the healing process will be a lot quicker,” Anthony said after returning to the Pepsi Center following his visit with a hand specialist.

Anthony was injured 9:44 into the third quarter when Pacers center Jeff Foster swatted at the ball, catching part of Anthony’s hand.

He continued to play despite numbness in the hand, scoring 21 points before leaving late in the fourth quarter of a 135-115 win.

“Tough kid,” Kenyon Martin said.

He’s glad he didn’t know the hand was broken. He didn’t want to come out, not with the game still close.

“We just needed that game,” said Anthony, whose team blew a 20-point lead before pulling away again in the fourth quarter. “That was a game last night that we couldn’t let slip out of our hands.”

Anthony has also been hampered by a bruised right elbow this season, causing him to miss three games in late December. The bothersome elbow will now get some much-needed rest as well.

“I’m going to make this time the best time I can, just by rehabbing,” Anthony said.

US Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Australia 116-85

August 20, 2008

The US Men’s “Redeem Team” is now just one win away from the gold medal game after defeating Australia 116-85.

From the Associated Press:

Kobe Bryant scored 25 points in his best game in Beijing, and the men’s U.S. Olympic team advanced to the semifinals by beating Australia 116-85 on Wednesday night.

The United States will play defending champion Argentina or Greece on Friday night for a spot in Sunday’s gold medal game.

Locked in what looked like another tough game with Australia, the Americans sent the Aussies’ upset hopes down under with a 14-0 burst to open the second half, featuring nine points from Bryant.

LeBron James added 16 points for the Americans, who are guaranteed a chance to play for a medal. They need two more wins for their first gold medal in a major international competition since the 2000 Sydney Games.

It appears that the US team may in fact be destined for gold. The team has not won the gold just yet but it appears imminent. The toughest challenges are ahead and there are still a few hurdles left to get past. Thoughts?

“Redeem Team” Trounces Germany 106-57

August 18, 2008

The US Men’s Basketball team sure are looking like gold medalists in 2008. The “Redeem Team” defeated Dirk Nowitzki and Germany Monday, completing an undefeated march through pool play with a 106-57 victory.

From the Associated Press:

Not since the Dream Team rumbled through Las Ramblas 16 years ago in Barcelona has a team looked this unbeatable. The Americans won their pool games by 32.2 points and averaged 103 points and now move on to a quarterfinal meeting with Australia, the only team they haven’t been able to blow out.

After the game, the team exchanged congratulations with Michael Phelps, now free to enjoy the rest of the games after winning eight gold medals in his record-setting Olympics. Bryant and Carmelo Anthony were among the U.S. players who went out to the pool to watch Phelps.

“He made history as one of the best swimmers ever, so for us to be a part of that and be here with him, we just felt good about it,” said Anthony, like Phelps a Baltimore product.

The Americans (5-0) return to the basketball arena Wednesday against Australia, the team that’s provided them with their toughest test in China.

A gold medal appears to be in the cards for the US, but I won’t be handing out the medal just yet. The Americans have had a tough time the past few years winning it all. But this team appears to be the strongest team we have had in quite some time and a gold medal seem inevitable. Thoughts?

Team USA Defeats Spain 119-82

August 17, 2008

It was not as close as many thought that it could be. The “Redeem Team” looked flawless in their match up with Spain, led by Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol.

From ESPN:

What made Saturday’s 119-82 throttling of Spain so impressive was the way the Americans did everything so extraordinarily well. They’re getting better each game, they’re improving their few weak areas and the only thing that’s scary about this 37-point beatdown is the notion that they might have peaked.

It’s up to them to prove that they haven’t, because the plane ride home is still more than a week away. But if they’re going to keep bringing it like they brought it against the reigning world champions, there’s no way they’re going to lose.

It never got close in the second half, and Jason Kidd even managed to attempt his first shot of the Olympics, a lefty layup off a feed from LeBron James on a 2-on-1 break after Dwight Howard had rejected Marc Gasol‘s shot at the other end.

James could find only one fault with Team USA’s performance, saying it had three or four unforced errors when it tried to force outlet passes to the point guards when Spain hung back on defense. But he rated this overall performance as superior to the one two nights earlier against Greece.

The victory clinched first place in Pool B for Team USA, who will complete pool play against Germany on Monday. Following that match up, they will likely face Australia in the quarterfinals and then Argentina or Lithuania in the semifinals should they get past Australia.

No matter who they play, if they play like they did today, no one will stand in their way of the treasured gold medal.

George Bush and Misty May: The Slap Seen Round the World

August 13, 2008

Oh George, you sly devil. Let’s just hope for your sake that Laura wasn’t around for this one.

While visiting with Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor of the US Women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball team, the President learned about some of the wonderful traditions of beach volleyball.

The Slap Seen Round the World

The Slap Seen Round the World Credit: Larry Downing/Reuters

From the Associated Press:

After slipping into dry clothes, the president headed for the beach volleyball at Chaoyang Park, getting sandy with defending gold medalist Misty May-Treanor on the practice courts during a half-hour stop.

Bush posed for pictures with the U.S. players and staff. May-Treanor and her partner Kerri Walsh took a break in practice so Bush could try out a few bumps himself.

The president needs some work on his passing, mis-hitting a pair off his knuckles. When May-Treanor passed the ball back to him, he acted like he was going to dive after it but decided to stay on his feet.

Then May-Treanor turned her back to the president, offering her bikinied rear for one of the traditional slaps that volleyball players frequently give each other.

“Mr. President, want to?” she asked, repeating an offer she made when Bush gave a pep talk to the U.S. athletes before Friday’s opening ceremonies.

Bush smilingly gave a flick with the back of his hand to the small of her back instead.

And from the Los Angeles Times:

Although it must have been a thrill for Mr. Bush to shake hands with Kobe, Mello, King James and Coach K, it’s difficult to imagine that the president’s trip to Beijing didn’t peak when he received an up-close and personal beach volleyball lesson at Chaoyang Park from defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

This photo will probably be the source of jokes for weeks to come. I for one saw this on TV and was a little surprised but got a great laugh out of it. It was nice to have a short lived, light hearted moment when there are so many other serious issues going on in the US and around the world.

I’m also pretty sure that there are a lot of people out there who would have loved the opportunity to get “up close and personal” like this.