Carmelo Anthony Replaces Injured Kevin Love On 2017 Eastern All-Star Team
Carmelo Anthony is set to replace the injured Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference's 2017 NBA All-Star Team. This will be Anthony's 12th appearance of his 15-year career.
NBA replaces Kevin Love with Carmelo Anthony
Yahoo Sports News reported that Carmelo Anthony has to come to terms with the fact that, for the first time in seven years, he wasn't an All-Star. However, with all the constant rumors that are taxing him these last few months, Anthony prefered to take a break..
Anthony said in the New York Post: "I got plans. 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."
But it seems that Anthony's plans have changed as the NBA announced on Wednesday night that he will replace the injured Kevin Love, who just underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, in Sunday's All-Star Game.
According to CBS Sports News, Anthony made the most sense for his broad appeal and long-standing respect with the players and coaches, though there were clearly more deserving candidates. Most notably, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal comes to mind. Beal is averaging 22 points and 3.7 assists shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range.
Beal Doesn't Get Why Anthony Made The All-Star Over Him
Bradley Beal commented about the replacement via The Washington Post: "I'll never say a player doesn't deserve to be on the all-star team. For one, Carmelo is a great player. Hell, he's been one of the best offensive threats in the league for years now, and I'm taking absolutely nothing away from him. But the process of it does not make sense. If they reward winning, then I don't understand how the decision was made. It was kind of weird to me."
According to NBC Sports News, Beal is playing better than Anthony, especially lately. Since All-Star reserves were announced, Beal has averaged 24 points per game, shooting 55% from the field and 45% on 3-pointers, and the Wizards have gone 8-1.
"Being on a winning team and being able to have success and I'm playing pretty well this year, I felt like I deserved to be there, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. It's not going to determine me as a player. It's not going to put me down for the rest of the year. I can enjoy my break and come back full steam ahead and roll into the playoffs," Beal added.
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