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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