Great Britain Rumors

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.”
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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.
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Joel Freeland has decided not to represent Great Britain for the Eurobasket 2015 Qualifiers this summer, opting instead to remain in Portland to workout with the Trailblazers. It comes as a major blow to coach Joe Prunty and the GB side, who are already sweating over the availability of free agent Luol Deng and Byron Mullins, who is expected to be a no show. Speaking to MVP Magazine in January, Freeland, who missed Eurobasket 2013 to focus on his season with Portland, admitted that he missed international duty, saying “I’m definitely excited about getting back involved.”