Carmelo isn't happy about this All-Star Game distraction

However, this does not mean Anthony will be on NY for the rest of his career.

Carmelo Anthony wasn't even supposed to be in New Orleans for the All-Star Game and he's had to make the best of a odd situation this weekend. "I had to cancel my trip".

There have been reports that LeBron James might like to have Anthony not just as a teammate during Sunday night's marquee event, but also in Cleveland before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline. I don't want to make it seem like I'm not happy about it. "I can enjoy my break and come back full steam ahead and rolling into the playoffs". His name joined a group that also featured Anthony, Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat), Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks), and Dwyane Wade (Chicago Bulls). Trade deadline preview w/ @WojVerticalNBA and @ChrisMannixYS.

Again, Carmelo has proven his greatness but its time to give the spotlight to another player who is more deserving for the All-Star Game.

With a cloud of criticism and trade talk hanging over him, Carmelo Anthony was named to his 10th All-Star Game on Wednesday and dropped 19 points in the first quarter against Thunder.

When he didn't make the All-Star cut after the coaches' vote, his pride was hurt ("it was a downer", he admitted), which only added to a season gone wrong.

"I was looking forward to getting away from the game, but I'm honored to be here, and humbled", he said.

I think anybody would get exhausted of it if you went to work every day and you had these spats about you, eventually you'll get exhausted unless you're as strong as I am, know how to deal with it and move on from it.

Carmelo Anthony's 2016-17 season so far has been anything but normal, with the constant threat of possibly being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kevin Love. I used to think it was due to the ostensibly advantageous position of being in a huge media market which, while still true, becomes diluted by the day in an increasingly connected digital age.

"It's not going to determine me as a player". Obviously Melo is showing his mental toughness because playing in the Garden is not an easy place to play. "We'll see what happens but I plan on being there". And then you hide and don't do any media? I would like to have him with me for longer, you know, just keep learning from him and keep asking him questions and so on. "Nah, that's not cool". "Like I told you all before, nothing came to me, nothing came to my table for me to look at. I've been able to have some discussions with guys".

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