It’s difficult to believe Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone would leave their UEFA Champions League campaigns to join a floundering unit that may not have Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and any number of quality Argentine stars. While the headlines around the globe claim Perez wants Pochettino or Simeone to take over for resigned coach Tata Martino, courtesy of a La Nacion report, could either newly-extended coach possibly leave their cushy gigs simply out of national pride (for a federation widely considered a total mess).
Olympic Melo is back! Team USA began its slate of tune-up games leading up to the Rio Olympics on Friday with a 111-74 stomping of Argentina, and Carmelo Anthony fit right back into the three-bombing role he filled so well for the 2012 squad, splashing 5 of his 8 attempts from beyond the arc en route to a 17-point performance. He was the third-leading scorer for the U.S. behind Kevin Durant (23 points) and Paul George (18 points). Personally, I like to think Melo took particular delight in destroying an Argentinian team that failed to call up his old friend Pablo Prigioni. Melo took a little to get going, missing 6 of his first 8 field goal attempts, but still finished 6-12 from the field. He