In an ironic twist of events, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in New Orleans.
This marks the 10th All-Star selection for Anthony, who went into Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder averaging 23.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists. This is the eighth consecutive year that Anthony will play in the All-Star Game.
The Love for Carmelo Anthony trade rumors between the Knicks and Cavs have been percolating the social media and TV media airwaves over the past month. With Love’s latest injury, those talks have come to a complete halt and LeBron is basically stuck with the oft-injured third wheel of Cleveland’s Big Three.
The battle between Melo and Phil and then Dolan and Oakley and the trade distractions have worn on Melo who said prior to being added to the squad that he wouldn’t mind taking the weekend to rest his mind, body and soul and prepare for a playoff run with much less external interferences in the season’s second half.
Love had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and is expected to miss six weeks.
Maybe Cleveland should have pulled the trigger on a deal when it had the chance.