Just two days after intervening in the Charles Oakley standoff, Adam Silver involved himself in some happier news for the New York Knicks on Wednesday, naming Carmelo Anthony to Sunday’s All-Star Game. The veteran forward will replace the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, who is set to miss six weeks after knee surgery, as a reserve for the Eastern Conference.
In his 14th season, Anthony has now been named to 10 all-star teams. The 32-year-old is averaging 23.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists, with a 19.2 player efficiency rating, for the Knicks, who entered Wednesday’s game in 12th position in the East with a 23-33 record.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that Heat center Hassan Whiteside was a “close second” to be named as Love’s replacement. Other Eastern Conference players who have been widely touted as deserving of a spot in the game include 76ers center Joel Embiid, Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Hawks center Dwight Howard.
Before the Oakley situation, Anthony himself had been involved in the Knicks’ biggest ongoing melodrama (pun not really intended but more or less unavoidable), in which he has been widely reported to be on the trading block, despite having a no-trade clause in his contract. In fact, Anthony was reportedly offered for Love last month, but Knicks President Phil Jackson was told that “Cleveland is not interested in such an exchange.”
Wednesday began with Anthony telling reporters that he expects to remain in New York past the NBA’s Feb. 23 trade deadline, but he did not definitively rule out any possible deal to send him elsewhere. “Nothing came to my table for me to look at,” he said. “Until that time comes then they don’t need for me to even talk about the trade clause.”
“You don’t know what can happen,” Anthony added. “I’ve seen a lot of things happen in this league over the years. I don’t know what’s going to happen or what can happen. Obviously we know what can happen over the next week or two. But I guess we’ll see when that time comes.”
Anthony is in his sixth full season with the Knicks after arriving in a Feb. 2011 trade from the Nuggets, with whom he started his career as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 draft. He recently moved past Charles Barkley into 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, and he will be making his eighth straight all-star appearance.