|Melo will play Sunday according to reports. (Getty Images)|
Despite a right-arm contusion that was giving Carmelo Anthony issues this week, the New York Daily News reports that Anthony will play Sunday for the Eastern Conference in the 2013 All-Star Game. From the Daily News:
Carmelo Anthony is expected to play in Sunday's All-Star Game despite suffering a bruised right arm in Wednesday's loss to Toronto that had him hinting that the injury could keep him out of the NBA's winter classic.
The league, according to a source, was notified on Thursday that Anthony intended to play on Sunday. The Knick forward was elected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team in fan voting and Anthony could conceivably play just a few minutes and take the rest of the night off. That conversation between Anthony, the Knicks' medical staff and Eastern Conference coach, Miami's Erik Spoelstra, will take place on Friday in Houston.
Anthony joins Dwight Howard among other players who are electing to play in the ridiculous exhibition despite injuries. But Anthony showed no signs of issues on Thursday or Friday, and it's nothing structural that anyone's aware of.
And, hey, who's going to take contested jump shots for the Eastern Conference if he's not around?