Knicks’ Marcus, Pistons’ Markieff Morris believe Team USA should have invited Carmelo Anthony to FIBA World Cup
Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris believe a struggling Team USA should have invited Carmelo Anthony to take part in the FIBA World Cup. The four-time Olympian and three-time gold-medal-winner hoped that USA Basketball would still have a spot available for him as a storied leading scorer, but the organization turned it down swiftly, appreciating his contributions to the cause but saying it would rather focus on the development of a new roster.
Team USA recently fell well shy of the medal stand, now rendered to play for seventh place in the 2019 FIBA World Cup after a loss to France in the quarterfinals and most recently a 94-89 defeat at the hands of Serbia:
Lol should of let Melo play 🤷🏽♂️
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) September 12, 2019
Both Morris twins seemed to have the same sentiment in mind, thinking this lackluster result was just poetic justice for an organization that turned down Anthony in a moment where he needed them the most. The perennial scorer has found himself out of a job after a 10-game stint gone wrong with the Houston Rockets last season, currently a free agent as the season rapidly approaches.
Carmelo Anthony was hopeful that an appearance at the international stage would help him land an NBA job after 16 seasons in the league, but the partnership never concretized, making that wish nothing more than that.
The Morris twins have been avid supporters of the longtime veteran and likely took this opportunity of a defeated Team USA as a chance to take a shot at managing director Jerry Colangelo, who was outspoken about his reasons for leaving Anthony out of consideration.
Regardless of the result of the upcoming game against Poland, the United States will finish with the worst record in any major tournament since it included NBA athletes on its roster.