For years, All-Star weekend has been mostly about what happens off the court, with the parade of parties, marketing gimmicks, and of course, the time-honored tradition of predicting which unhappy All-Star is going to be traded first.
A year ago, it was Amar'e Stoudemire. Go back into the archives, and it was Jason Kidd. This year's guest on the NBA's annual version of "Most Eligible Superstar" is, of course, Carmelo Anthony. Next up in Orlando in February 2012 will be Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and hometown hero Dwight Howard.
"I guess it's going to be Melo watch or whatever," Anthony told reporters in Milwaukee on the day of the Nuggets' final game before the All-Star break -- which, sadly, will not provide any break in the Melodrama.