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Monday, April 21, 2014

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett Named All-Star starters; Round Two Awaits

It might not be as heated of a rivalry as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson from the eighties, but Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett have garnered the attention of many fans as of late.

The two star players were named Eastern Conference All-Star starters on Thursday as the NBA announced the final results in fan voting. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Rajon Rondo will also start beside Anthony and Garnett.

Anthony was recently suspended for confronting Garnett numerous times about a particular comment involving the star forward’s wife. Usually the two are on opposite benches, but how they play together will be the main question come February 17th during All-Star weekend in Houston.

This would be the perfect time for owner James Dolan to use his technicians to record on-court conversations, seeing as he did so while the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls. Even though the allegations could potentially be true, Commissioner David Stern and Anthony are both supporting the owner’s actions.

“There are microphones in our game all the time and there were no rules violated with respect to this,” Stern said on Thursday as reported by the New York Daily News. “We encourage all of our teams to mike the court the best they can.”

Anthony responded well to the allegations that Dolan was miking the games and even went as far as to support him. “I got an owner that looks out (for me),” Anthony said before practice Wednesday at London’s O2 Arena as reported in an article by Lohud.com. “You can’t beat that. (eh)?”

Whatever the circumstances may be, there has been a bit too much spotlight outside of the realm of basketball. Even though Carmelo is scoring 29.9 points per game with a 25.5 player efficiency rating and is shooting 58 percent for his true shooting percentage, the Knicks need to do more to secure the Atlantic Division. After playing poor defense in their last few contests, the Nets are slowly creeping towards first place in the division, and stronger play against a few weaker opponents should tighten the team’s grip on the division moving towards All-Star break.

In regards to Anthony and Garnett, the two players won’t have to wait until the middle of February to have their four quarter contender fight since the Knicks face off with the Celtics next Thursday. Hopefully Dolan will have his microphones ready.

 

 

 

15 comments on “Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett Named All-Star starters; Round Two Awaits

  1. DRed

    KG over Noah or Tyson is straight up ridiculous. He shouldn’t even be playing over Ed Davis, but at least that’s understandable because nobody knows who Ed Davis is and KG has had a tremendous career.

  2. Brian Cronin

    KG over Noah or Tyson is straight up ridiculous. He shouldn’t even be playing over Ed Davis, but at least that’s understandable because nobody knows who Ed Davis is and KG has had a tremendous career.

    It’s still the All-Star game. Melo made it last year during one of his worst first halves he’s ever had and that was fine, because he’s a star. Just like KG. If you’re going to have the fans vote, you have to expect the lineups will be decided by popularity and not performance.

  3. DRed

    Brian Cronin: It’s still the All-Star game. Melo made it last year during one of his worst first halves he’s ever had and that was fine, because he’s a star. Just like KG. If you’re going to have the fans vote, you have to expect the lineups will be decided by popularity and not performance.

    Oh, it’s not a big deal. I just thought it was a bit surprising because Noah and Chandler have played so much better and play on teams in much bigger markets.

  4. DRed

    What a crazy shot by Belinelli to win that one. Nice win for the Bulls, but Deng left with some sort of hamstring problem.

  5. Brian Cronin

    So much for the theory that Lin was a lock to be an all-star due to the Asian vote.

    I don’t think he was ever a lock in the West, since they have Chris Paul and Kobe. He would have been a lock had he been a Knick, though, since without Derrick Rose the Eastern guards are not that popular after Wade. Note that he lost to Chris Paul, one of the best and most popular players in the NBA by 45,000 votes. So clearly he would have beat Rajon Rondo, ya know?

    But yeah, it is a good thing Paul edged him out. It would be a shame to see someone like Steph Curry pushed out because of Lin getting voted in. I mean, whatever, like I said before, if the fans want him, the fans want him (like back when Allen Iverson was an automatic starter even though he was terrible, if the fans wanted him, fine by me), but it is nice when the fans give more room for guys like Curry or possibly David Lee’s return to the All-Star Game (I figure Lee has to still be a long shot, though, since the West has so many good big men).

  6. lavor postell

    How mediocre of a player has Gallinari become? This guy was a borderline All-Star last year and now he’s become more or less an inefficient gunner. Conversely Melo is really playing within the team concept which is allowing him to manifest his scoring genius in a more efficient and visually pleasing way. He still has bouts of jab stepping for 15 seconds, but they have become more infrequent.

    Melo will be a huge beneficiary of Felton’s comeback. We miss his penetration, which doesn’t allow the defense to focus completely on keeping Melo out of the paint. I would expect our three point percentage to rise a bit as well with the increased ball movement it should create.

    Back to Gallo though. The Rooster is not in fine form and his contract, while not an albatross, is not extremely appealing. The same can be said for Wilson Chandler who apparently forgot how to play basketball while in Denver. It says something when Corey Brewer has probably been the 3rd best player on your team over the course of half a season.

    Washington did ball outrageous tonight though. Seraphin was really impressive tonight and I’ve got to say that Wall has so far looked much more mature and in control in his first few games back. There seems to be more purpose in his actions rather than his days of treating all basketball situations offensively as if it was a fast break.

  7. ruruland

    lavor postell:
    How mediocre of a player has Gallinari become?This guy was a borderline All-Star last year and now he’s become more or less an inefficient gunner.Conversely Melo is really playing within the team concept which is allowing him to manifest his scoring genius in a more efficient and visually pleasing way.He still has bouts of jab stepping for 15 seconds, but they have become more infrequent.

    Melo will be a huge beneficiary of Felton’s comeback.We miss his penetration, which doesn’t allow the defense to focus completely on keeping Melo out of the paint.I would expect our three point percentage to rise a bit as well with the increased ball movement it should create.

    Back to Gallo though.The Rooster is not in fine form and his contract, while not an albatross, is not extremely appealing.The same can be said for Wilson Chandler who apparently forgot how to play basketball while in Denver.It says something when Corey Brewer has probably been the 3rd best player on your team over the course of half a season.

    Washington did ball outrageous tonight though.Seraphin was really impressive tonight and I’ve got to say that Wall has so far looked much more mature and in control in his first few games back.There seems to be more purpose in his actions rather than his days of treating all basketball situations offensively as if it was a fast break.

    He’s still a solid player. Not sure why anyone expected him to develop into anything more.

  8. flossy

    lavor postell: The same can be said for Wilson Chandler who apparently forgot how to play basketball while in Denver.

    Chandler has played 6 games this year recovering from a serious injury. Gallo hasn’t taken the leap I thought and hoped he would (yet) but he’s no worse overall either–not a pure shooter any more but shows a more diverse game.

  9. lavor postell

    flossy: Chandler has played 6 games this year recovering from a serious injury.Gallo hasn’t taken the leap I thought and hoped he would (yet) but he’s no worse overall either–not a pure shooter any more but shows a more diverse game.

    Chandler’s entire time in Denver in before this injury has been underwhelming to say the least.

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