The New York Knicks are off to their worst start in franchise history with a 5-30 record, much of which is credited to an unhealthy Carmelo Anthony, who has been sidelined due to his ongoing issues with his left knee.
At this point, many expect the NBA star to take the rest of the season off.
Head coach Derek Fisher expanded on Melo and his knee injury recently, telling ESPN that sitting him out may be an option. “From the conversations I’ve been a part of, I think everybody is smart enough to realize, calendar-wise, timing-wise, that there may come a point that that’s the decision that needs to be made. But, we realize that we can’t force Carmelo to that point just yet.
“We can’t unilaterally just say, ‘Hey, you know, you can’t play for the rest of the season because of A, B and C. I think our medical staff, our training staff, continue to have conversations with him about where he is. He’s conversing with us about how he’s feeling, what the symptoms are. And so as each day kind of unfolds, decisions are being made. It’s not something that we’re just kind of stepping back and saying, ‘Carmelo, you kind of tell us when you don’t feel like playing anymore.”
Knee issues can definitely alter a player’s effectiveness. So, with the season in the midst of being a throwaway, it may be safer for the Knicks to keep Anthony’s injuries from becoming worst.
After the 78-99 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on New Year’s Eve, Anthony addressed his lingering left knee. “It’s tough. Some days you’re able to do some things; some days you’re not. Some days it’s tough to even run around and cut and jump. And then, other days I come in and I don’t really feel it.”
If the knee issues continue, surgery could become an option, though Anthony says it’s “last resort.” If he does need surgery, he would prefer to have it after the season is over.