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Carmelo got punched in the, um, groin by Argentina. But we’ve seen worse.

Aug 7, 2012, 1:57 PM EST

Anthony of the U.S. grimaces on the court after being fouled during match against Argentina at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games Reuters

Things got a little testy… wait, poor choice of words.

Things got a little chippy between the USA and Argentina at the end of the third quarter as the USA was running away with Monday’s Olympic pool play contest. (Yes, that’s better phrasing.) Carmelo Anthony was going up with a three as the quarter ended and Argentina’s Facundo Campazzo punched him in a place a man least wants to be punched. You can watch the video by following this link.

Carmelo Anthony was none to pleased when talking about it Tuesday before practice.

“It was definitely a cheap shot. Something like that, I don’t play like that, I don’t agree with that,” Anthony said. “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.”

It was a cheap shot. It led to Tyson Chandler and other team USA guys chirping at the Argentinians, with Luis Scola ready to give it right back. If you ask me, that’s ejection worthy.

There are some Americans out there who seem outraged by this play.

Those people must not watch NBA games, because we see that kind stuff all the time, it’s just usually more subtle.

Do I need to bring up when Metta World Peace did not live up to his name and gave James Harden a concussion? I’m talking about what Reggie Evans did to Chris Kaman (grabbing where ‘Melo got punched), I’m talking the kind of thing Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett will try to pull off nightly. Kobe Bryant went up in these Olympics and elbowed Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas in the throat.

None of this is new, Steve Aschburner of NBA.com reminds us — Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Bruce Bowen and many other great players were happy to take little cheap shots. If you think it is bad now, talk to guys from the 1960s. But this is America, whatever helps you win.

And while you’re at it you can ask Duke’s opponents if Mike Krzyzewski’s teams are saintly and clean.

This kind of shot is part of basketball at the highest level (do it in a high school game and you should be tossed). Cheap, yes, but far from uncommon. Campazzo wasn’t exactly subtle and if a retaliatory elbow found him during a potential semi-final rematch it wouldn’t be a shock. But spare me any outrage. That was not an out of the blue NBA play.

  1. dsjcn3 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    “How is that a foul ref?! I got ALL BALL!”

    -Facundo Campazzo

    • dls612 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      you got balls for posting that comment!

  2. dewangibson - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I call that ball tap “karma.” Remember Carmelo hit Mardy Collings with a sucker punch that landed him on the floor and eventually in the D-League? Here’s the video: http://www.imperfectenjoyment.com/2012/08/carmelo-groin-hit/

  3. burnsy - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I hope Carmleo is okay.

  4. tkesteve - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Lol “cheep” shots. Really?

  5. charleslee84 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    lol kurt you have ‘cheep’ in there twice!

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      That wasn’t Kurt; that’s a little birdie!

  6. therealgts - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    These grammar and spell check nazis get real old. None of these guys are perfect. If you are reading PBT for the grammar and spelling you have a problem. How about we come to your job and see your F ups? Get a life.

    • burnsy - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      I read it for news about Carmleo.

  7. sherbe23 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Lol love that first line

  8. zblott - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Carmelo delivered possibly the league’s worst cheapshot punch of all-time in that Nuggets-Knicks brawl back in 2006, so it’s hard to feel any sympathy for this. Back then, bunch of guys got crazy after a terrible foul, everything finally settled down, and then Carmelo sucker-punched Mardy Collins and quickly ran away like a bitch since he can’t actually fight. He deserves about 10 more of these Olympic-level nut shots.

    Watch him reignite the dying brawl at the 0:43 mark of this video:

  9. ebrownwareagle - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    If it had been and American the world would be in and uproar. Since it happen to one of our on it’s “Big Deal get over it. Much worse happens in the NBA.” Well this ain’t the NBA this is the Olympics and everybody holds the USA at a higher moral standard than the remainder of the world. Yet are provoked to a certain level of retaliation. With than being said, treat everybody like you did Nigeria on the court. Win BIG!

  10. chicagosworth - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Oh well Melo is a dick anyway… Get it lol

  11. brewdiggy - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Another excuse for Melo when the Knicks get swept in the first round of playoffs next year?

  12. 1historian - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    can you say ‘PAYBACK!!!’ boys and girls?

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