New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference roster in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, Marc Stein of ESPN reported Wednesday.
Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the report.
The Cavaliers announced Love underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will miss about six weeks.
This is not the first time this season Love and Anthony have made headlines together. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News previously reported LeBron James was pushing Cleveland's front office to trade for Anthony and was resigned to moving Love in the hypothetical deal if needed, although James later called the rumor "trash," per NBA on TNT.
Sunday's contest in New Orleans will mark Anthony's 12th All-Star Game. His Knicks were just 23-33 heading into play Wednesday, but he has posted impressive individual stats.
He has never averaged less than 20 points per game in his career and is well on his way to continuing that streak this season. However, Love has made more of an all-around impact with his rebounding and more efficient outside shooting for the defending champion Cavaliers and was deserving of the nod over Anthony before the injury:
|Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Love Per-Game This Season|
|Carmelo Anthony||Kevin Love|
This is a respite in an otherwise rough season for Anthony in terms of off-the-court headlines.
Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report wrote a critical story on the Knicks star, and team president Phil Jackson tweeted his apparent agreement with the piece. Ian Begley of ESPN.com said Jackson "has—directly or indirectly—delivered several critiques of Anthony this season."
Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix of The Vertical previously reported Jackson was "determined" to trade Anthony and bolster a Knicks rebuilding effort, although the All-Star nod is a testament to his individual ability as a scorer.