Ashton Kutcher was nowhere to be seen in South Florida, but that didn't stop one member of the Heat from thinking he was being Punk'd.
Center Joel Anthony figured his more famous teammates were pulling his leg when they started to congratulate him before the game Wednesday. Anthony, one of a handful of NBA players from Canada, couldn't grasp what all the hullabaloo was about.
Despite doing little to stand out from the pack during his four years in the Association, Anthony was named one of 12 Eastern Conference centers on this season's all-star ballot.
"I didn’t know," Anthony told the Miami Herald. "I thought they were joking."
How unlikely is it?
Anthony, who grew up in Montreal and went undrafted after a pretty good career at UNLV, has career averages of 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
"I don’t really know what to say," Anthony told the Herald. "I definitely appreciate that kind of appreciation."
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh don't have to worry about leaving room for their 6'9" center on the charter flight to Orlando for the February 26 NBA All-Star game. Unless Dwight Howard is traded to a Western Conference team, he'll be the starting center for the East.
Anthony was originally selected to join the Canadian Senior National Team in the summer of 2006 and has also been a member of the team the past four summers.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra smiled when asked to comment about his implausible All-Star candidate. Spoelstra called him "Mr. Intangible player," which is a politically correct way of saying he's average.
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