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Carmelo Anthony, not Bradley Beal, chosen for final All-Star spot

Carmelo Anthony, not Bradley Beal, chosen for final All-Star spot

Bradley Beal will not be joining teammate John Wall as an NBA All-Star in New Orleans as the commissioner's pick to replace Kevin Love for the East.

Instead, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was chosen for his 10th appearance (via NBA). The All-Star Game is Sunday at Smoothie King Center.

Beal, who is averaging career highs in points (22.3), assists (3.7) and overall field-goal shooting (47.2%), also shoots 40% from three-point range was hoping to be a first-time selection.

The Wizards (33-21) play at the Indiana Pacers on Thursday before entering the break.

DeMar DeRozan remains the only true shooting guard on a roster with five point guards in Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker and the starter Kyrie Irving.

Love, a power forward/center, is out six weeks because of left knee surgery. When Love was first an All-Star in 2011 he was a replacement. The same goes for Brook Lopez (2013), Anthony Davis (2014) and DeMarcus Cousins and Kyle Korver (2015).

Here is the full Eastern Conference roster:

Starters: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), LeBron James (Cavaliers), Giannis Antetokoumpo (Bucks), Jimmy Butler (Bulls)

Reserves: John Wall (Wizards), Isaiah Thomas (Celtics), Kevin Love (Cavaliers), Paul George (Pacers), Paul Millsap (Hawks), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Kemba Walker (Hornets), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks)

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Adam Silver: NBA not likely to make any decisions before May

Adam Silver: NBA not likely to make any decisions before May

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is bracing for several more weeks of uncertainty about the remainder of this halted season, revealing Monday night that he does not expect the league will be able to decide anything until at least May.

Silver spoke on the NBA's Twitter account as part of the league's new NBATogether initiative, in a conversation hosted by Turner Sports' Ernie Johnson. Silver touched on many topics, including how the league is looking at numerous scenarios for a return, but in every case the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible right now to move too far forward.

"Essentially, what I've told my folks over the last week is that we just should just accept that, at least for the month of April, we won't be in a position to make any decisions," Silver said. "And I don't think that necessarily means on May 1 we will be."

The NBA was the first of the major U.S. pro leagues to shut down because of the COVID-19 threat, doing so after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for the virus. The league's regular season was to end April 15, and the playoffs were to begin April 18.

That isn't going to happen, and that has been known for some time. The NBA wants this season to resume, but simply cannot say with any certainty if it will or will not happen.

"We miss it badly," Silver said. "To all the families watching this, I know the NBA is a big part of their lives. We just want to assure everybody that while we're putting the health and safety of everyone first, we're looking at every possibility to get our players back on the floor and to play NBA basketball again."

Among the decisions that have yet to be made, Silver said: whether the regular season will resume in some form or if the NBA would go immediately into the playoffs - assuming the league can salvage this season at all.

Also on the drawing board: if games would be played in NBA arenas or practice facilities, how televising games would work and if the league would take everybody to one site to finish the season. Cities have expressed interest in that option and have reached out to the NBA to say as much, Silver said.

"We're in listening mode right now," he said.

The news likely wasn't unexpected, but it still hit All-Star center Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat hard when told that no decision on the fate of the season is expected anytime soon.

"It's a whole spectrum of the unknown," Adebayo told The Associated Press after Silver spoke. "But at the end of the day, it's about safety, it's about our families and it's bigger than us. It's a global thing and we've all got to take it even more seriously."

Silver also discussed Saturday's 45-minute conference call that he and other major U.S. sports leaders had with President Donald Trump. The president said he had been watching some replays of past major sports events, then asked the commissioners and others for their thoughts.

"It wasn't just a pep talk, but I think it was a reminder of what the meaning is of sports to Americans, to our culture in particular," Silver said. "What came back from all the leagues collectively was once we get the all-clear, however that's determined, of course with public health officials and by our government ... we're going to be ready to go. But first and foremost is the health and safety of everyone involved."

It has been, by far and for obvious reasons, the most personally trying season of Silver's tenure as commissioner. The NBA got into a major and costly rift with China in October after Houston general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong around the same time as the league was making its annual visit to that basketball-wild nation for two preseason games that became incredibly awkward. Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, Silver's predecessor and mentor, died Jan. 1. Kobe Bryant, who was announced as a Hall of Fame inductee on Saturday, died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven others.

Silver spoke in mid-February about how he had concerns about the coronavirus threat. By mid-March, it had shut down his league and now, in many ways, much of the world is shuttered. As he said in an interview with AP late last month, Silver said he feels a responsibility for 55,000 people who generate at least some of their income by working in the NBA or at NBA games.

"That's what's keeping me up at night," Silver said.

There is also some very personal worry for Silver right now: His wife is expecting their second daughter, due to arrive in mid-May.

"There's a bit of additional anxiety in terms of going into a New York City hospital in the middle of all this," Silver said.

New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, and its healthcare system has been tested perhaps like never before by the demands of the pandemic.

"I think we're going to see a new approach to a lot of these problems," Silver said. "And maybe we were a little bit behind. This is a cruel wake-up call in many ways, given that we're talking about an enormous number of human lives, but we will come out of this better."

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Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum partner to donate $250K for coronavirus relief in their hometown

Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum partner to donate $250K for coronavirus relief in their hometown

As the world reels from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum and the Wizards' own Bradley Beal have stepped up to help.

In an Instagram post Monday, Tatum announced that he, through The Jayson Tatum Foundation and in conjunction with Lineage Logistics, will match $250,000 in donations in the Boston area to provide meals to those in need through Feeding American and an area food bank. Additionally, he'll partner with Beal to match $250,000 in donations in the St. Louis area, where they both hail from, for the same purpose.

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As this virus continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable.  And while I sincerely pray that everyone is staying safe, healthy and social distancing, the reality is this virus has negatively impacted our families, loved ones and communities in so many ways.  Because of the hardships created through this national health crisis and in an effort to help those in need in the Boston and St. Louis area, I am, through The Jayson Tatum Foundation, partnering with @feedingamerica and @lineagelogistics on their “Share A Meal” campaign.  Together, @lineagelogistics and The Jayson Tatum Foundation are pledging to match $250,000 in the Boston area and, with my good friend and fellow basketball player Bradley Beal, $250,000 in the St. Louis area, to help provide meals through @feedingamerica, @stlfoodbank and @gr8bosfoodbank.  This campaign will help some of the hardest hit communities in Boston and in Brad and my hometown of St. Louis, receive meals.  If you are able to help, I am asking my family, friends,  fans and partners to follow the link in my bio to help make a difference in our communities during a very difficult time. I would especially like to thank all the frontline workers and volunteers who are working around the clock to keep all of us safe and healthy. Together…. we will make a difference. #NBATogether #ActsOfCaring

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"This campaign will help some of the hardest hit communities in Boston and in Brad and my hometown of St. Louis, receive meals," Tatum wrote in the Instagram post.

To donate, fans can follow the link in Tatum's bio to contribute to the St. Louis Area Food Bank and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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