After Kevin Love went down due to needing knee surgery Commissioner Adam Silver was faced with a decision, "Who do I Replace Kevin Love with in the All-Star game?"
Not an easy decision, but did he make the right decision?
Lebron James has been passively campaigning to get Anthony over to the Cavs, "We need a [bleeping] play maker." That caused a Media uproar, just like any other story surrounding James. As a result, Anthony has been in the headlines more often than he would be if he was just part of a losing team who didn't have the best player in the world campaigning for a trade for him.
The headlines are nice I guess, but let me point out something else...
The Knicks organization has been taking public perception blows due to the circus around Anthony, as well as the most recent incident with long time well loved Knick, Charles Oakley.
As a result of all of this, I think the Commissioner seen this as an opportunity to share some positive media attention on the New York Knicks organization. There could not have been any other better reason. In fact, I can name at least three other players who were more deserving to be in the All-Star game other than Anthony.
1. (C) Dwight Howard - Atlanta Hawks
2.(C) Hassan Whiteside - Miami Heat
3.(C) Andre Drummond - Detroit Pistons
There's an obvious lost in the shuffle for big men who play in today's game. No one really wants them for scoring any more. It's nice if they can create their own scoring, but today's league like to run their game from the outside in versus the opposing old school inside out methodology. As a result, anything else big men do other than rebounding and scoring for the most part is considered "extra," but it's also very well appreciated by the team, although not highlighted by the media on a consistent basis.
All three of these guys provide all of those things and play at an elite level. The only reason why most people would knock them is because they don't get as much media coverage and because they don't play on one of the top three seeds in their conference. However, they all rank better than the Knicks. So, you'll only disagree if you're probably too strongly influenced by mainstream media.
The Media Game
In the end, the Commissioner is only playing the media game, as he should be. He's suppose to lookout for the best interest of the league and that includes individual teams.
With that said, there's no way in the world Carmelo Anthony deserves to replace Kevin Love in the All-Star game. You can throw stats at me until you're blue in the face, but I won't listen. It's a media game move! Anthony is not more deserving than the players I just named as well as a longer list of players.
Let's not get caught up in his potential. Yes, he's a great player, but he's more about the money than competing. And, although the All-Star game isn't really meant for these guys to play at their most competitive level, the league should reward the guys who do play their best game every game with the opportunity to play in the All-Star game.