Do you think Carmelo Anthony was happy to be Kevin Love’s replacement in the 2017 NBA All-Star game? After being selected (sorry Bradley Beal) for the the 10th time in his career, Melo went off early against the Thunder by hitting his first seven shots and scoring 19 of his 30 points in the first quarter to give the Knicks a 39-27 lead after one.
“It means a lot,” Anthony said of the All-Star selection. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an honor to be named to the All-Star team, to go out there and represent despite everything that’s been going on, that’s surrounding us, that’s surrounding me, that’s surrounding our organization. To still go out there and represent not just the organization but New York City as a whole, it’s still an honor to do that.”
But since we are talking about that mess of an organization called the Knicks and the other team had one-man wrecking machine Russell Westbrook, the Knicks ended up losing 105-116 to the Thunder behind another monster triple-double by Westbrook: 38 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists.
Melo finished with 30 but made just four of his next 13 shots after knocking down his first seven.