Reports: Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (torn labrum) could need surgery
Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has reportedly suffered a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder that could require surgery.
The New York Daily News reports that an MRI revealed the extent of the injury and that Anthony will rest his shoulder for three-to-four weeks before doctors determine if he should go under the knife.
The Daily News reported on Monday that Anthony was scheduled to have his shoulder examined by team doctors after experiencing chronic pain dating back to April 14th when he originally injured his arm against the Indiana Pacers.
Anthony then re-injured it in Game 5 against the Boston and later reported that he was experiencing the sensation of his arm shoulder popping out of the socket which is common for someone suffering from a torn labrum.
If surgery is needed it could sideline Anthony from three to five months and could compromise his availability for the start of training camp in October.
ESPNNY.com confirmed the report, although the Knicks have yet to formally announce the injury.
Anthony went down in pain after his left arm was pulled by Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett during Game 5 of their first-round series.
He then appeared to bang his shoulder on Celtics guard Avery Bradley during Game 6.
The six-time All-Star went on to wear a large pad covering his shoulder under his jersey during portions of the Knicks’ Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Pacers.
Anthony, 28, averaged a league-leading 28.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season. During the playoffs, he averaged 28.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. His shooting percentage dropped from 44.9 percent in the regular season to 40.6 percent in the playoffs; his three-point percentage similarly dropped from 37.9 percent to 29.8 percent.
New York defeated Boston to advance to the conference semis for the first time since 2000. There, the Knicks were eliminated by the Pacers in six games.