Anthony doesn't want to be distraction, won't appeal

Updated: December 22, 2006, 1:43 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has decided not to appeal his 15-game suspension.

Bill Duffy, who heads the firm that represents Anthony, said Thursday morning that the league's leading scorer decided he "doesn't want to be a further distraction" by appealing the lengthy ban handed down by NBA commissioner David Stern after last Saturday night's brawl at Madison Square Garden.

"It's Melo's wish to just keep the focus on basketball," Duffy told ESPN.com. "In his words, he's ...

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