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New Orleans rookie Nicolo Melli happy to receive surprise, last-minute invite to Rising Stars game

Nicolo Melli just may be the first person who’s OK with being forced to delay a vacation to the Bahamas.

As the NBA All-Star break approached, Melli was all set to head to some warm beaches with his wife this weekend, but he learned Thursday morning that he was a late addition to the World Team at the Rising Stars game in Chicago. Suddenly his initial plan, which had been in the works for a while, went out the window.

“I had to change everything,” Melli said of his travel and accommodations, “but it’s OK. I’m very happy I had to change it.