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Carmelo Anthony Should Sit Out All-Star Game

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Carmelo Anthony suffered a deep right arm contusion in a loss to the Toronto Raptors, who held ‘Melo to 5-24 from the field for just 12 points.

Anthony will, according to several reports, start in the NBA All-Star Game, but in doing so he is putting his New York Knicks in serious danger.

The Knicks are a good team without Anthony. With him, though, they are a championship contender. Anthony has been an MVP Candidate this season, giving New York 28.6 points a night and leading them to the #2 spot in the Eastern Conference going into the All-Star break.

Now, I don’t know how serious Anthony’s injury actually is. The Knicks are always so mysterious in how they handle public information on injured players that it is hard to tell. However, if this was really something of any significance, I think the team would be persuading him not to take part in the All-Star game.

That being said, Anthony probably should not be participating in the festivities. I know that he loves his fans and loves to do things like this, but in the best interest of the Knicks, Anthony should really sit this one out.

He won’t sit, however, and I guess the same case could be made for every other player to sit out the All-Star game. But I bleed blue and orange, and I would hate to see the Knicks flop (it wouldn’t be the first time) because their star is injured.

This is New York’s season, but Anthony’s starting in the All-Star game could jeopardize that.

Follow Thomas Duffy on Twitter @TD_Knicks for articles, news, and all things NBA.

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