If Carmelo Anthony hasn't proved he loves New York, then it's hard to say what would.

After re-upping with the Knicks over the summer for five seasons, Melo has endured a brutal season that finds his team with the worst record in the NBA at the All-Star break. He's been forced to rest his knee, which he says will need surgery at some point, but still wants to find his way onto the court at the Garden for the All-Star Game despite admitting on ESPN Radio on Thursday that it's "very likely" he will be shut down after this weekend.

Almost all Anthony, averaging 24.2 points over 40 games this season, has done over the last few weeks when not discussing his knee is talk up the city he represents, the city where he was born, and share how much he wants people to enjoy their time in the Big Apple.

"It's a very special day or weekend for me, just to be part of that," Anthony told Newsday on Wednesday. "All-Star Weekend could be anywhere of the [28] cities in the NBA but to have it in New York, that's a special moment."

Joining Melo are the rest of the NBA's elite. Here's more on the collective of 2015 All-Stars.

Hardwood legends

The Big Apple will be crawling with all-time great players while NBA All-Star Weekend takes over Manhattan and Brooklyn. Many of them are retired legends, but a few of basketball's royalty are set to take the court on Sunday night at the Garden.

Tim Duncan continues to defy age for the Spurs. At 38, he will be the game's oldest participant. He's also it's most successful, having won five NBA titles including last year's.

The man whose team Duncan beat in June, LeBron James, now is an 11-time All-Star, but returns as a member of the Cavaliers for the first time since 2010. James, of course, won two titles over the past for seasons with the Heat.

Dirk Nowitzki nearly sat this one out, but an injury opened up a spot for the Mavericks' 13-time All-Star. He joins Duncan as one of 12 men to be named an NBA All-Star at least that many times.

Despite missing the Thunder's first 17 games of the season, Kevin Durant remains an elite talent. The reigning MVP took a team that was 5-12 before his season debut and led them to a 23-13 record since then.

Now in his 10th season, the Clippers' Chris Paul is entering the conversation as one of the all-time great point guards. He remains among the league leaders in assists and steals while contributing 17.7 points per game.


Five players earned their first All-Star selections this season, offering each the increased exposure that comes with making the team.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins posted similar numbers a year ago and was widely considered one of the biggest snubs from the 2013 All-Star Game. Still, Cousins earned the nod as an injury replacement.

Also for the West, Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson makes his debut. This comes three weeks after Thompson set the NBA record for points in a quarter with 37.

For the East, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is the only first-timer who was voted by the fans as a starter. Thompson is starting, too, but he was moved into the starting lineup due to an injured starter.

Kyle Korver, the league's top 3-point shooter at 52.3%, was named an injury replacement and became the fourth Hawks player on the East roster.

Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler could miss his All-Star debut due to an injured shoulder that caused him to sit out Thursday night's game against the Cavaliers.

Aching All-Stars

Injuries have ravaged the originally announced All-Star rosters, so much so that the list of players who have bowed out of the game nearly could form a formidable starting lineup. Four players have officially withdrawn, while a fifth may be joining them.

At center: Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, the league's top shot-blocker and fourth-leading scorer.

At forward: Blake Griffin of the Clippers, ninth in the league in scoring.

At guard: Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, a 17-time All-Star averaging 22.3 points.

At the other guard: Dwyane Wade of the Heat, an 11-time All-Star averaging 21.4 points.

Then there's Butler, who's averaging 20.4 points in the middle of a breakout season.

The game as it stands isn't lacking star power, but the absences are worth noting.