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As Carmelo Anthony crumpled on the floor with his hands cupping his groin, mayhem unfolded on the United States‘ sideline. Tyson Chandler and Deron Williams screamed at Argentina players and threatened to meet them at midcourt. Mike Krzyzewski bellowed into an official’s face. All around the Americans’ bench, there were fingers wagging toward Argentina, threats hanging heavy in the air. Finally, Anthony staggered to his feet and screamed to Facundo Campazzo for jabbing him between the legs and running away.
“Campuzzo got hit in the [groin], too” Argentina’s Luis Scola said. “That stuff happens.”
The United States had turned a tight game into a blowout, and restraint no longer resonated within the Argentina guard’s mind when Anthony unleashed one more 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Searching for retribution, Campazzo found Anthony an easy target on the release of his statuesque jump shot.
“Because before, Chris Paul punched me,” Campazzo said.
Maybe Team USA didn’t get little Facundo Campazzo‘s best shot, but they get did his cheapest one. Paul started it, and the Americans ended it Monday night. As Argentina and the rest of the world keeps finding it, this is no fair fight.
Celtics fans are familiar with below-the-belt shots. Kevin Garnett was chastised for his love tap on the Suns’ Channing Frye in January 2011.
Unlike KG, Facundo Campazzo got his money’s worth. He caught Melo good.
Everyone knows I’m not the biggest fan of Team USA. Kobe, Melo and Lebron are not the most likeable guys. But I was cheering them (and the ridiculously hot Kevin Durant) on as they dropped the hammer on Argentina.
Campazzo didn’t just punch Melo in the nuts. He punched America in the nuts. And that can’t be tolerated.
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