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Stop criticizing Carmelo Anthony for playing in All-Star Game

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First let me say that I am not a Carmelo Anthony apologist.  Heck, I was criticized last week for asking if Carmelo is overrated, but this criticism of Melo for wanting to play in the All-Star Game needs to stop immediately.

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is being played at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time since 1998, when Carmelo Anthony was 14 years old.  Sunday, Carmelo Anthony will be in the prime of his career at 30 years old, and is the face of the New York Knicks, and, perhaps basketball, in New York City.  He is coaching, along with Mike Greenberg and against Spike Lee and Mike Golic tonight for the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2015.

Is he then supposed to wear a splendid suit, hear his name announced on Sunday like he has close to 200 times at Madison Square Garden and sit out after hearing his name with the basketball world watching?  Absolutely not.

Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been playing in back-to-back games recently because of knee issues, and while disappointing to fans, if he is resting his knee, so be it.  Rest has certainly benefited the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.  Carmelo played Friday, sat out Saturday, left the game Monday because of knee soreness, and sat out Wednesday.  Let’s not make it out like he has missed 10 in a row!

Even for Carmelo Anthony, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  If it takes another 17 years for the All-Star Game to return to Madison Square Garden, or even half that, Carmelo will more than likely be retired, and certainly past the prime of his career.

In a season that has been full of lowlights and losses, there is one shining moment in the 2014-2015 NBA season for Carmelo Anthony, which is starting in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.  Despite the 10-43 record of the New York Knicks, NBA fans and fans of Carmelo Anthony did their part by voting for Melo to start in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.  Celebrate that achievement and the desires of NBA fans by cheering Melo, not criticizing Carmelo Anthony for wanting to play in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

Click here for Melo’s comments on playing in All-Star Game

Click here to read Is Carmelo Anthony Overrated?

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One Comment

  1. Jason

    February 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    It’s like he almost has to play anyway. ..the East is limited in Star power.

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