The NBA recently named Carmelo Anthony as Kevin Love‘s replacement in the All-Star Game after the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that he will miss the next six weeks due to a knee injury. However, not everyone was pleased with the their decision.
Bradley Beal, who many believe is also worthy of a spot in Sunday’s exhibition game, questioned how the league names replacements via Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. Although the Washington Wizards guard praised Anthony for being a great player, he was still left confused with the selection process.
“I’ll never say a player doesn’t deserve to be on the all-star team. For one, Carmelo is a great player. Hell, he’s been one of the best offensive threats in the league for years now, and I’m taking absolutely nothing away from him.
“But the process of it does not make sense. If they reward winning, then I don’t understand how the decision was made. It was kind of weird to me.”
Beal certainly makes a strong case for himself to be named an All-Star this year as he is having his best season so far with averages of 22.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. More notably, the Wizards are 11.5 games ahead of the New York Knicks and are on pace to make the playoffs.
“I don’t know what the rules are or how everything goes, but I definitely feel I had a great opportunity, Being on a winning team and being able to have success and I’m playing pretty well this year, I felt like I deserved to be there, but at the end of the day it is what it is.”
If there’s any good news for the 23-year-old Florida product, he can take advantage of the week-long break to rest his body and prepare for the late stages of the regular season. The Wizards are currently ranked third in the Eastern Conference but will enter a tough stretch as they play seven of their next 11 games starting on February 24.