NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks is an All-Star again.
The NBA announced Wednesday night that Anthony has been picked to replace Cleveland forward Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star Game in New Orleans.
It’s the 10th All-Star selection for Anthony, and his eighth consecutive.
Love is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee Tuesday. Injury replacements are chosen by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Anthony entered Wednesday night’s game in Oklahoma City averaging 23.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season. Among players on this year’s All-Star rosters, Anthony’s 10 trips to the league’s in-season showcase are second-most to only Cleveland’s LeBron James — an All-Star for the 13th time.
In related news, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid will not participate in the Rising Stars Challenge or the Skills Challenge and will be replaced by Oklahoma City’s Alex Abrines on the World Team for Friday night’s Rising Stars game. Denver’s Nikola Jokic will take the Cameroonian’s s spot in the Skills Challenge.
New York’s Willy Hernangomez will come in as well to replace the injured Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets in the Rising Stars game.
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