Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is in disbelief that he was passed over for the Eastern Conference All-Star team in favor of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in an injury replacement pick made by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love pulled out of the game due to a knee injury and Silver opted for Anthony on Wednesday night despite Beal helping the Wizards rise into one of the top teams in the East.
"I'll never say a player doesn't deserve to be on the All-Star team. For one, Carmelo is a great player," Beal told reporters. "Hell, he's been one of the best offensive threats in the league for years now, and I'm taking absolutely nothing away from him. But the process of it does not make sense.
"If they reward winning, then I don't understand how the decision was made. It was kind of weird to me."
Beal and All-Star point guard John Wall have led Washington (33-21) to 17 victories in the past 20 games. Beal is averaging 22.3 points and has already established a career high with 144 3-pointers.
Numbers aside, the 23-year-old Beal feels there should be a spot in the All-Star Game for him.
"I don't know what the rules are or how everything goes, but I definitely feel I had a great opportunity," Beal said. "Being on a winning team and being able to have success and I'm playing pretty well this year, I felt like I deserved to be there, but at the end of the day it is what it is.
"It's not going to determine me as a player. It's not going to put me down for the rest of the year. ... I can enjoy my break and come back full steam ahead and rolling into the playoffs."