New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Carmelo Anthony's finale?

While Anthony is certainly used to All-Star games (10 selections) and has been one of the NBA's biggest superstars over the past decade, his selection is far from a no-brainer.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love as an NBA All-Star for Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. He reportedly intends to be very selective in his potential destinations, and Jackson seems eager to make Anthony want to leave.

After saying as early as Wednesday morning he wasn't sure he would change his vacation plans which had him headed to a warm island, needing the break to decompress, Anthony made a decision to accept the NBA's invitation to be an injury replacement for Love in New Orleans on Sunday.

Kevin Love has had a revival during the 2016-17 season, but trying to play through a knee injury finally caught up with him.

The 32-year-old star is in his 14th National Basketball Association season and his seventh year with the Knicks. Only 33 players have been selected more often in league history.

Anthony cracked the NBA's all-time Top 25 in scoring over the weekend, passing Charles Barkley with a 25-point effort against San Antonio.

Anthony's numbers have jumped to 25.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 3-point field goals made on a slash line of.464/.403/.758 since January 1.

Love is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee Tuesday.

"I got plans", Anthony said earlier this week.

  • Julie Sanders