OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony was looking forward to a relaxing All-Star break in a warm weather destination. He’ll have to settle for a trip to New Orleans.
Anthony was chosen to replace injured Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. NBA commissioner Adam Silver picked Anthony to be Love’s replacement. Coincidentally, the Knicks reportedly have been trying to trade Anthony for Love.
“It means a lot,” Anthony said. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an honor to be named to the All-Star team, to go out there and represent despite everything that’s been going on, that’s surrounding us, that’s surrounding me, that’s surrounding our organization.
“To still go out there and represent not just the organization, but New York City as a whole, it’s still an honor to do that. Yeah, I was looking forward to my break. It’s life.”
This will mark Anthony’s 10th NBA All-Star selection, and eighth straight. He was selected a starter the previous seven years, and has now made it every season with the Knicks.
Earlier in the day, Anthony said he already booked a hotel and was leaning toward taking a vacation.
“Unfortunately it won’t happen,” Anthony said. “I’m not going to let it bring my spirit down. I’m going to embrace it. I’m going to enjoy it.
“The last thing that I talked to my family was about spending time and taking this break. Then all of this happened. I don’t want to make it a downer. I’ll enjoy the weekend.”