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CP3 is making Melo better

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In Team USA's tune-up against Brazil, for instance, Anthony spent the first 10 seconds of an early possession fighting for position 18 feet from the hoop, something he does quite a bit in New York. Kobe Bryant couldn’t find an angle to get him the ball though, and swung the ball back up top to Chris Paul. Then Paul retreated a bit and ... flipped the script. He called Anthony over and directed him to act like a power forward, setting a screen in a high pick-and-roll. After hesitating initially, as though surprised to find out he was the big man in charge of ball screens, Anthony eventually rumbled over to Paul, dislodged Paul’s defender, then slipped down the middle of the paint where, of course, a lovely pass from Paul was waiting for him. Anthony caught the ball and -- superstar offensive player that he is -- instantly noted the defense was badly distorted and slipped a pass to LeBron James racing in along the baseline. Dunk. That’s Carmelo Anthony as a hyper-skilled power forward. That's how Anthony can be a major part of a great team.

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