NBA All-Star Controversy: Carmelo Anthony Will Play, but Why? Knicks Insider Al Iannazzone explains

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The hoopla of NBA All-Star Weekend is in full effect.  (My highlight has been hearing about the invite-only concert by Prince celebrating 30 years of the Michael Jordan brand.)

On the court, Carmelo Anthony is expected to suit up for the game on Sunday night, despite a knee injury that expected to sideline him the rest of the season.  Why would he play in the All-Star game and not for the Knicks?  Should he skip the game?  What is motivating him? I spoke with Knicks reporter Al Iannazzone of Newsday.  He told me the significance of New York being the host city, and gave some insight as to the type of person Carmelo Anthony is.

To me, he's the guy who won my alma mater a National Championship in 2003.

Al Iannazzone joined Newsday in January 2012 as the Knicks’ beat writer, after covering the NBA for 11 years for The Record. Al covered the Knicks and Nets in that time, and also reported on the U.S. Open tennis tournament and other major sporting events. Al appeared regularly on the YES Network’s Nets pregame show from 2005-2011.  Follow Al on Twitter @Al_Iannazzone.