Posted March 12, 2013

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony expects knee trouble to continue all season

Ben Golliver, Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony plans to play through knee pain. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony ruled out the possibility of a surgery on his ailing right knee, but told reporters Monday that he expects the condition will linger for the rest of the season.

ESPNNY.com reports that Anthony is experiencing fluid build-up in the knee that is producing stiffness.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be 100 percent, to be honest with you, but I will play,” he said.

He told reporters on Monday that he hasn’t received a definitive diagnosis.

“Nobody can really give me an exact answer on it,” said Anthony, who returns to Denver on Wednesday for the first time since the Nuggets traded him to the Knicks in 2012. “There’s no pain, no ligament damage or anything like that. There’s just some fluid in the back of the knee that’s preventing me from hyperextending my knee sometimes.”

The New York Daily News reported that Anthony said surgery is not an option currently being considered.

“No surgery,’’ he said, defiantly. “None of that.’’

The Knicks cited an unspecified right knee injury when Anthony left a game against the Cavaliers last week after tripping over his feet. Coach Mike Woodson said afterward that Anthony was “hurting” and had asked out of the game prior to his fall. Anthony underwent an MRI, which revealed no damage, but then sat out the team’s next three games. He then returned to face the Warriors in Oakland on Monday, finishing with 14 points (on 4-for-15 shooting) and 10 rebounds in a 92-63 loss.

It goes without saying that New York’s postseason forecast hinges on the availability of its leading scorer. The Knicks are currently the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed with a record of 38-23, positioned to have the opportunity to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 1999-00. With roughly five weeks remaining in the regular season, the Knicks are essentially tied with the Pacers and only 2.5 games up on the Nets, making it difficult to rest Anthony for a significant period of time without putting their playoff seeding at risk.

The Knicks announced over the weekend that forward Amar’e Stoudemire will be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing his second knee procedure of the season.

Anthony, 28, is averaging 27.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season. He is on the books for $20.5 million this season, $22.4 million next season and $24.4 million in 2014-15, although he has an early termination option on the final year of the deal.

8 comments
laclipperzfan
laclipperzfan

Forward Anthony's knee is dead, and that is a tragedy.  But it is dead because he has no code, he has no honor, and God is watching.

Horstradamus
Horstradamus

Good pre-excuse for when they get pummeled in the playoffs. Winners don't talk like this.

happypappy
happypappy

The Denver fans are going to boo him relentlessly on Wednesday and the truth is he made our team relevant again we won a lot of games once he became a Nugget but the frustration is he is not a player that can take you to a championship. our current team is much funner to watch then when he played but with the Melo name you get more games on national tv... i like this team that plays together but both the Nuggets and Knicks really have no shot at winning a title... that is the truth..

barrytlyons
barrytlyons

Huge Knicks fan.  Love what he's done for us so far in terms of making our team relevant again.  This sounds like a built-in excuse for when we get bounced in the first round again.  

 

I like Carmello, but I think the Knicks need more focused, team oriented players.  

 

I'm not trying to really knock Carmello because we all know he's great - but watch the difference between New York and what Denver is putting on the court with our trades.

 

Bob35
Bob35

That's a medial meniscus tear, just got mine fixed 5 weeks ago. He'll be fine, but not for about six weeks, long-term damage is permanent.

barrytlyons
barrytlyons

 @happypappy Your team is super fun to catch here on the east coast when I have NBA TV on late night. With Lawson, Gallo, crazy Javalle and Faried, you almost forget Igoudala's there.

 

Although if Melo plays Wednesday, he most certainly will know that Iguodala's there - the dude frustrates Melo like no other, it seems.

happypappy
happypappy

Long time Nugget fan,, Melo is a great scorer but gets way too much credit as an NBA player, you are exactly right about the knee being the excuse when he fizzles out in the playoffs, He has a lot more potential to be an all around much better player but does lack focus to take it to the next level.

 

barrytlyons
barrytlyons

 @Bob35 How is that a medial meniscus tear?  Asking without sarcasm.  Is it the fluid buildup beforehand that does it?  I had fluid buildup when I played, but never thought that it was anything more than a stress reaction.