Carmelo Anthony was voted a starter in the previous six All-Star Games, but he said it meant something to him to be picked for a seventh straight time.
“Every time it happens, you get a chance to go participate in that, but not only participate but get voted in by your fans, it don’t get old,” Anthony said. “I know we always say that, but it never gets old.”
Anthony’s scoring is down, but he was averaging a career-best 4.0 assists entering Friday night and has played a more complete game this season.
While going through his rehab from knee surgery last year, there were times when he wondered if he would return to his old self. Being voted an All-Star after that also means something to Anthony.
“Yeah,” he said, “coming off of only playing half of the season last year, putting the work in to get back to where I’m at right now, being healthy once again and getting a chance to start another All-Star Game, [it does].’’
High on Porzingis
Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been impressed with Kristaps Porzingis’ toughness and believes he’s going to be a “special” player.
“He’s going to be great,” Rivers said. “He’s a skilled player. When you have skill at that early of an age and size and IQ . . . I think what everyone underestimated with him is he’s a tough kid. He has toughness. That’s not fake. It’s just who he is.
“If people would have seen that, he probably would have gone a lot higher, is my guess. He’s going to be special.”
Lance Thomas (sore left knee) missed his second consecutive game . . . Former Knicks Pablo Prigioni and Cole Aldrich have become rotation players for the Clippers lately and contributed to their 11 victories in 13 games entering Friday night. “Those two guys,” Rivers said, “they play right every night, and it’s really nice having that on your team.”