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Carmelo Anthony on All-Star selection: ‘It was a downer’

Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) walks off the court after the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


NEW ORLEANS -- Just three days ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Carmelo Anthony as Kevin Love All-Star injury replacement.

“It was a downer,” Anthony said. “I had to cancel my trip. No refunds.”

The Knicks star said he planned to vacation in Cuba and Puerto Rico over the break. Instead, he had to make travel arrangements to New Orleans as other non-All-Star players not selected made him “jealous” with pictures from their vacation pictures.

“I had to shut my phone off,” Anthony said.

This will be Anthony’s 10th All-Star appearance, whether he likes it or not.

“It’s a good thing,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to seem like I’m not happy about it.”