Due to Marriage, Anthony Might Not Play This Summer for Team USA
Asked if he's wavering in the commitment he gave last fall to play, Anthony said, "Yeah.''
"I wasn't expected to have the plans that I have,'' Anthony said of his situation changing due to his marriage to MTV personality LaLa Vazquez, which likely will be in New York.
Also Monday, Memphis center Marc Gasol told FanHouse it's not out the question he might miss the Worlds for defending champion Spain due to a partially torn neck muscle that has shut him down for the season.
If Anthony misses the Worlds, which run Aug. 28-Sept. 12, he said his reasons would be different from some of the other players who might miss the event. Several players are wavering due to contract situations, such as Cleveland's LeBron James, Miami's Dwyane Wade and Toronto's Chris Bosh. James, who publicly has said he "probably'' won't play, also is making a movie.
"My situation is a lot different from (James'),'' Anthony said. "I have personal stuff I have to attend to. I think a lot of people are going to wait until after the season to see what they do.''
Regardless, Anthony said he wants to play in the 2012 Olympics.
"I'm still part of USA, but I haven't thought about playing this summer,'' he said of USA Basketball.
FanHouse had first reported last September that Anthony had told USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo earlier in the month he would play in Turkey.
"I just told Jerry that I was down,'' Anthony told FanHouse at the time. "I told him I was in.''
But that has changed with Anthony's impending marriage.
Also in his interview Monday with FanHouse, Anthony said he deserves to be named to the All-NBA first team for the first time in his career. With James a lock for one forward spot, Anthony is battling Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant for the other one.
"I should be,'' said Anthony, averaging 28.3 points, which is third in the NBA beyond Durant's 30.1 and James' 29.7. "I don't see why not.''
Gasol had been all set to help Spain defend its title before he was hurt March 13 against Denver and aggravated his injury March 31 against Dallas, when he last played before being shut down for the season.
"I hope that everything works out,'' said Gasol, who wants to play. "But I don't know. We'll see what the doctor says. We don't want to get it aggravated ... It's not up to me. It's up to the doctor.''
Gasol said he doesn't have a timetable when it will be decided whether he can play in Turkey this summer. If he can't go, it would mean Spain likely would be without both Gasol brothers. Marc Gasol reiterated it's unlikely his brother, Lakers center Pau Gasol, will play.
"Probably not,'' said the Memphis center. "That will give others a chance to step up and lead the team.''
Team USA and Spain are considered the favorites in the event. But both are at risk of being without significant players.
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