Great Britain Rumors
Joe Prunty is to continue as head coach of the Great Britain men as they bid to qualify for EuroBasket 2017 in August. The American, who took charge initially in 2013, will learn his opponents when the draw is made on Friday. His future had been put into doubt when British Basketball officials declined to confirm his return last month but a contract extension has now been agreed with the Milwaukee Bucks Associate Head Coach.
Carmelo Anthony, however, breezed through his royal hookup Wednesday when hanging with William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, at a reception at St. James’s Palace. Invited to help present awards for a coaching program sponsored through a partnership between the NBA and the Royal Foundation, the Knicks forward presented the fourth-in-line to the British throne with a size 15 shoe and a Knicks jersey with Harry’s official surname, Wales, emblazoned on the back.
For once, Melo confessed to being a little starstruck over his encounter with the man considered to be among Europe’s most eligible bachelors, even though they shared a few laughs during the ceremony. “It was an honor,” said Anthony. “You just don’t know what to expect. For me, walking into the room together, and the kids just laughing and joking, and he’s laughing and joking, just a warm welcome from him to me, it was an honor. “I never thought I would meet a prince. It’s royalty. You can feel it when you come over. So for me to come over and be right there, you feel that energy, that vibe. You get that royal feeling.”
Joe Prunty is heading to familiar territory as the Milwaukee Bucks travel to London for an appearance in the NBA Global Games on Thursday. The Bucks assistant coach also happens to be the Great Britain national team basketball coach, a job he has held for the past two years.