NBA confirms Carmelo Anthony will replace Kevin Love at All-Star Game
The NBA has officially announced that Carmelo Anthony will replace the injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference roster at the All-Star Game.
The @nyknicks‘ @carmeloanthony will replace the injured Kevin Love in the #NBAAllStar Game! pic.twitter.com/yJ76OgYS47
— 2017 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 16, 2017
The New Your Knicks superstar finds himself in yet another All-Star Game after a slot was opened up when Love underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. The Cavs star is expected to miss an estimated six weeks.
Anthony interestingly seemed reluctant to accept an All-Star invite when speculation arose about who would replace Love.
“I got plans,” Anthony said earlier this week, via the New York Daily News. “I would love to take this break and just utilize this break and my body and my mind and just get away from everything. I could utilize this break. If they call me I’d consider it. But I would love to utilize this break.”
Anthony could certainly use a break. Not only may Anthony be on the way out of New York — should he decide to waive his no-trade clause — the Knicks are going through yet another tumultuous and controversy-filled season.
Anthony nevertheless indicated this week he expects to remain a Knick after the trade deadline despite all appearances that Phil Jackson is trying to run him out of town.
However things play out leading up to the Feb. 23 trade deadline, it appears Anthony will be representing the Knicks organization in New Orleans this coming weekend, perhaps for the final time.