Melo replaces Love in All Star game
The NBA has decided to replace Kevin Love in the All Star game with Melo. The player who should have been chosen is Bradley Beal. He's having a career year in ppg, asts, fg%, and ft%. His stats are 22pts/3.7asts/2.9rebs on 47%/39.9%/81%. Wall and Beal have the Wizards surging after a slow start to the season. It's a shame Beal isn't getting the All Star nod he deserves.
The east team is already extremely guard heavy. The thinking was probably that they didn't want to replace one of the few frontcourt players on the roster (love) with another guard.
Just for the record, I'm OK with melo making it. Given everything he has gone through this year, he could have easily checked out and mailed it in. He has been competing every night and is still having a very good overall individual season, especially when you consider the dysfunction surrounding the team and organization.
While I do think beal got snubbed, there are just too many eastern conference guards having phenomenal seasons. If the teams had been picked today instead of a few weeks ago, beal probably gets the nod over kemba.
For sure Melo has been so professional this year despite all the problems in New York. He's having an All Star caliber season but I still feel Beal is having the better season. At this point positions don't really matter when they make the All Star rosters so I'd rather see the players having the best year make it.
"everything he's gone through", "trade him to a market that suits him, he deserves it".
The guy is not a winner, makes no one on his team better, Lebron takes the same group of players (JR Smith, Shumpert, Derrick Williams) and wins a championship with them.
Do you think Carmelo could take last year's Cavs team to the finals two years in a row? You think he has the heart for that? A Cavs team literally formed two years ago, Lebron takes to the finals, and the team he leaves, tanks.
Yet everyone feels so bad for "Melo", he's a star, and he's in commercials challenging people that don't think he's a star.
He only made this team because of his Team USA "leadership", wow, serious leadership required. Lebron dind't play because he keeps making the finals. Carmelo wants his legacy to be "Team USA".
Hated this entitled guy since the Denver days and he was a beast then, why? Because he was entitled then and he didn't make anyone on his squad better there either. He's a total one on one player, and I hate that type of basketball.
I can understand giving the "legacy" pick to someone like Dirk or DWade since they've won championships, this guy is nothing but a stop-ball chucker.
Man I wish Embiid was healthy...
So he's not as good as LeBron and that's why you bash him? 99% of the league can't do what LeBron does.
I'm tired of this "he's not a winner" talk. He won in college, he made the playoffs before LeBron, Wade and Bosh and he's been a very integral piece to team USA.
Not a Melo fan, but people love to jump on him for everything these days.
The best players make others around them better...these are the true stars of the league.
You see that in limited Embiid minutes, you see that in a Simmons summer league, you see that when Steph Curry mans the court, you see it when even Draymond laces up, and especially when Lebron James plays, and now James Harden too. You lift everyone around you game, you ENCOURAGE your teammates.
Bill Walton said it yesterday, a superstar is someone who has mental acuity. The guy who knows what the team needs in order to win. Carmelo is a total retard when it comes to mental acuity and how to approach a game. He just wants the limelight, play in the garden, wear the most padding and stand out on the court, play in front of the celebrities, expects the last shot, even if he's cold. Everytime I watch him play I see him put up a bad midrange shot that is a brick.
Carmelo I remember a few years ago, playing on the knicks with other washed up players like Amare Stoudemire, and due to the LEAGUE and fandom fault of annointing him a star, thought he had free rain to play dirty at will against the lowly sixers at the time and was getting away with it because he's a "star". First of all, stars don't play like that, they don't need to bully and abuse a team they should clearly be outplaying, not outbullying and using the refs to his advantage, secondly, a star in my book at least makes the NBA finals?
Thats the type of player he is. He feels he should get the call because he's a "star". He's probably really good at 1-on-1 basketball even though he's clearly getting old now. Now you'll see Carmelo want Kobe treatment. Afterall he's won 3 Gold Medals.
He is so self-indulgent I can't stand it.
I never said he was a superstar, but he's no slouch either. Not top 10 in the league but probably top 30-40, which puts him into that all stat consideration category.
No, he doesn't make players around him better, but that's just not his game. He's a scorer and he's pretty damn good at it (kinda on a hot streak right now too). Yeah, he's an ISO scorer mostly which doesn't really fit into today's NBA style. But back in the day, he would have been phenomenal when teams mainly had that one go to scorer (increased ability in players is the reason I think it has become more of a team offensive game).
I would call him a star. He's been a really great player and people know him by name. And don't act like all the other top players in the league don't act like they should get every call and complain when they don't.
ummm......I think Lebron also had Irving and Love on that championship team that included JR Smith and Shumpert.
Melo took a Denver team to the WCF against the Kobe/Pau Lakers with a team that didn't have another superstar.
I was pulling for Beal because he's finally broken out but I think Hassan Whiteside should have been the choice. Melo's putting up "all star" numbers but the Knicks have been nothing short of a mess and I thought they would have rewarded Whiteside hard work. I'm sure they'll give him all defense, hate to see hard work not get rewarded.
I agree it should have been Beal, and I think this is easily bureaucracy on part of Adam Silver because Melo plays in NY, and is getting a ton of publicity right now.
The argument that they didn't want to add a guard is void, and has no boundries when Hassan Whiteside, who's averaging 17/14 with 2 blocks on 56% shooting on one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, is still out there. The Heat even have a better record than the Knicks for crying out loud!
Melo is a great player, but this just adds more ammunition that making the all-star team is worthless, and I lost a lot of respect for Adam Silver for trying to cash in on the NY media and market right now.
This is definitely a name-drop/money-grab pick by Silver; but with that being said I'm fine with it.
Sure he may not be the most worthy but he's not a scrub either. He's a household name and has been for a decade, at one point he was the premier offensive player in the league without question. Many All-Stars in the past didn't necessarily deserve their spot but they were tossed a bone, which I believe is what happened here.
In the end he's still a good player and fun to watch, the point of the All-Star game is entirely for entertainment, Melo is entertaining to watch and provides media entertainment with the recent Knick antics, it was a safe & smart pick.
Keep in mind the general bandwagon fan has no idea who Beal even is, nor have they ever watched a Wizards game in their life. Wizards have got to be one of the most under the radar teams right now, and I think they're fine with that.
I don't care about his rep. The NBA should reward those players that work hard and play hard. I'd be pissed if I was Bradley Beal. You got a marketing phony who contributes btw to the NY Knick Mess.
Phil Jackson has won 12 championships and bought into molding Carmelo into a star, hey he had Jordan and Kobe and Shaq, he could probably work to mold Carmelo into a ring-winner too....
Even Phil Jackson wants him out. You got a guy a team's BASKETBALL management wants to trade away desperately, so a "star" on a loser team and the basketball minds there want to get RID of him, and yet he's an all-star? How does that make sense.
From Dolan's perspective yes he's an all-star, he sells jerseys and snacks to loyal NY fans who apparently don't give a damn about winning like Carmelo himself. So he's an all-star of a loser team...nice.
I agree, the all-star's should be chosen on how hard you work as well as team success. But that's what we as fans wish would be the case. The players who make the all-star game as injury replacements are not chosen by the fans, they are chosen by the commissioner. We have to deal with his choice. You want to reward hard-working players and put money and "star" status aside, then you be commissioner, but until then deal with it. Most NBA players who have been snubbed use this as fuel to the fire and prove themselves the rest of the season and in the playoffs, if their team makes it. Actually the playoffs are where it really matters, so if I had the choice of my favorite player being snubbed or making an all-star game, I'd go with being snubbed anyday, with the higher chances of one day making an all-star game. Beal will get his chance as will Whiteside when their respective teams make the playoffs and do well. If the Wizards can get past the second round then Beal is a shoe-in for the 2018 all-star game.
And if I were Beal or Whiteside it wouldn't matter what year I made it, just that I made the all-star game.
Melo is a solid choice and forward for a forward is more logical than Beal.
Personally I think it should just be next person on respective voting - if a starter drops out, next person in that voting steps in, if one of the bench drops out then next person in coaches voting steps in.
I probably would have gone with Bradley Beal or Dwight Howard over Melo, but it's a fine choice.
Don't know why people are saying this is a money grab. Do you honestly think anyone was planning on not watching the all-star game and then heard Melo is in and changed their mind. I highly doubt it.