Nuggets' Anthony earns USA Basketball honor

1/16/2007 - NBA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Carmelo Anthony, the suspended
Denver Nuggets star who led the U.S. team at the world
championships, was chosen Tuesday as USA Basketball's male athlete
of the year.

Anthony averaged 19.9 points on a team that won a bronze medal
in Japan. He scored a U.S.-record 35 points in a victory over Italy
during pool play.

After a disappointing stint with the U.S. team at the 2004
Olympics, Anthony joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as captains
of the team in the worlds. He was was the only American chosen to
the all-tournament team.

"Carmelo was on a mission to make our team and he did much more
than that, he led our team," USA Basketball managing director
Jerry Colangelo said. "He had a terrific summer with the USA team
and demonstrated his overall basketball talents and his leadership.
In my mind he is deserving and a great choice for this award."

Anthony, the NBA scoring leader, is serving a 15-game suspension
for his role in a brawl against the New York Knicks last month.