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DenButsu
07-14-2008, 11:29 AM
Basketball Diary: Baltimore to Beijing

By CARMELO ANTHONY
Published: July 14, 2008

Carmelo Anthony is expected to start at forward for Team USA in the Beijing Olympics. He completed his fifth year with the Denver Nuggets in the N.B.A. and led Syracuse University to the 2003 N.C.A.A. title. On the Rings blog, he will be contributing a basketball diary and his photographs from now through the Beijing Olympics. He shares his first entry, as told to Pete Thamel.




I have a very bitter taste in my mouth from the 2004 Olympics, as if I just ate a sour grapefruit or something. This summer in Beijing, weíre going to drink a lot of Kool-Aid, because revenge is going to be sweet.

I am headed to Las Vegas next Sunday for USA Basketball training with my teammates and I wonít be back until Aug. 26. Weíre going to be gone for a whole month, but Iím really excited about the whole thing. Not just playing, but being involved and being part of it. Weíve been working out and practicing together for the past three years, and anytime you can get a group of guys like us together as much as possible to play and practice, all that experience and togetherness helps.

Before I left, though, I hosted my fourth annual HOOD (Holding Our Own Destiny) 3-on-3 Challenge tournament this weekend in Baltimore, my hometown. It was incredible. It was a great turnout for the whole community. The kids had a lot of fun and the whole city was in an uproar ó everyone enjoyed themselves. It has been growing and expanding a little bit every year, and every year I see the city more and more behind it. I can really relate to the kids playing because Iíve been there before. Iíve been one of those kids looking for something like this. I didnít have a chance to experience it. They do.

I took some pictures at my tournament; itís something Iíve been doing since I took a photo class at Syracuse. (Some of the pictures are available on nytimes.comís Rings blog.) I love pictures and film. I donít just like basketball photos, I like all kinds ó pictures of the wild, animals, the jungle, things like that.

Over all, it was nice to come back to Cloverdale Park, a place I spent a lot of time at as a kid, and give back a little. nytimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/14/sports/olympics/14rings.html?ref=sports)

liliverson819
07-14-2008, 11:36 AM
People always want to talk about the DUI but they never talk about what hes doing for those kids each summer during his HOOD 3 on 3 tournament. Melo isn't just all bad.

avsman05
07-14-2008, 01:02 PM
Great job melo get some of those donations you give out there and keep the negative under the table. Go get urself a gold medal this summer and learn, learn, learn. DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE!!!

on another note this will add more accolades to one of DEN's stellar articles about melo

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/basketball/bal-sp.steele14jul14,0,6308996.column