Mark Angelo Mañez

Manila - FIBA has added another superstar in promoting the 2023 Basketball World Cup as they gear up preparations for the biggest basketball spectacle during its Global Ambassador presentation event inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, Friday afternoon.

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NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has joined legends Pau Gasol and Luís Scola in promoting the event jointly hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia which will tip-off on August 25th this year.

Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, NBA 75th Anniversary team member and 10th in the all-time scoring list, displayed his high-scoring prowess with his then-U.S. record 35 points in 2006 when they flipped Italy in the knockout stage. The Americans eventually lost to Greece en route to their bronze medal.

“I’ve proudly represented the USA on the world’s largest stages, and the World Cup is the toughest competition in international basketball,” Carmelo said. “It’s all about striking a perfect balance of personnel, talent, and having that great chemistry. I’m looking forward to supporting all the players at the World Cup this year and celebrating the sport on a global scale.”

In his storied international career that started in 2004, Anthony won three golds and a bronze in the Olympics, among a slew of other medals at the continental level.

He was also part of the famous 'Redeem Team' in 2008 Olympics that brought back the Americans to the echelons of basketball domination.

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