While the pick has drawn some controversy, Silver can stand behind the decision since it came from the coaches.
Re: Beal comments. Adam Silver went with coaches' votes when making injury pick. Carmelo, still very respected by opponents, was next up.
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) February 16, 2017
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal voiced his displeasure with Silver’s decision, saying that he was more deserving than Anthony. But after hearing this, Beal can redirect his anger at the coaches around the league.
Anthony has of course been a mainstay in the game for years and who knows exactly how serious these coaches took this decision. They didn’t have him in the game initially and once you get past naming the top few players you think should get it, it’s possible these coaches took their selections less seriously and just put Anthony in there for his familiarity.
Anthony will be the oldest All-Star and by his standard isn’t having the best season, and neither are the Knicks. Meanwhile, Beal is having a career year and has helped the Wizards to the third spot in the Eastern Conference.