Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at this year's NBA All-Star Game, the team announced.
Love has been dealing with a knee injury and has decided not to play in the game. Earlier in the week, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported Anthony wanted to rest during the All-Star Break and preferred not to be an injury replacement.
"I would love to take this break and just utilize this break and my body and my mind and just get away from everything," Anthony said. "I could utilize this break. If they call me I'd consider it. But I would love to utilize this break."
Anthony had previously been selected for nine All-Star Games, including consecutive games from 2010-15.
This year's game will be held in New Orleans on Feb. 19.
Anthony is one of the most notable players in all of the NBA. Though his Knicks have struggled, he has continued to play at a high level. It makes sense that he's a rational choice in the eyes of the commissioner.
As the trade rumors have continued to swirl, Anthony's play has only continued to rise. He's been clutch, consistent, and a certain level of offensive dominance has returned to his game amid all the pressure. That's been impressive to watch as the last few weeks have progressed.
When not initially selected, Anthony had talked about the benefits of getting a physical and mental break with a longer period of rest. Nevertheless, he's a competitor at heart who takes pride in being associated with the greats. This selection could certainly prove to be a morale boost at a time like this.
The Knicks will now have a representative in each day of All-Star Weekend's festivities.