New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony thinks All-Star voting should be left to fans
Dec 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony doesn’t approve of the significant changes made to the voting for the NBA All-Star game.

The NBA announced a significant change to the All-Star voting system on Monday.

Instead of all the power belonging to the fans, the players and media will now have a 50 percent say in who starts the Feb. 19 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Carmelo Anthony told Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News he liked things the way they were.

“Me personally, I’d rather leave it up to the fans. Let the fans deal with it,” he said. “I don’t think players should vote for other players to get in there. It’s a fan thing. It’s part of fan engagement.”

In a more controversial change, players have the option of voting for their teammates and themselves.

Anthony may have preferred things the old way, but he doesn’t have a problem voting for himself.

“I don’t see why not. The presidents can vote for themselves. Why can’t we vote for ourselves?” Anthony said. “It’s all the same thing. It’s just one vote.”

Anthony shouldn’t have a problem making what would be his eighth straight All-Star game start and sixth as a Knick. He has respect among his peers and in the media.

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