Anthony has been plagued by knee soreness all season…
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony could be close to shutting it down for the season after he left Monday’s game against the Miami Heat with a sore knee.
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The Knicks (10-42) have endured a disastrous season this year under rookie coach Derek Fisher, with team president Phil Jackson conceding last month that the experiment has “fallen flat on its face”.
As well as poor form and an inability to implement the triangle offense, injuries have been a big factor in their demise while Jackson effectively pulled the plug on their season last month by trading both JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With over $30m available in free agency and a first round Draft pick coming up, they will look to rebuild this summer, and they will likely urge Carmelo to avoid doing any further damage to his knee and sitting out the rest of the season.
“It’s the same thing, just very sore,” Anthony told reporters after the game on Monday night.
Melo added that he was restricted by the injury and that it is certainly getting closer to the point where needs to shut it down.
Anthony has suffered with the knee soreness all season and with no prospect of making the playoffs this year, it seems pointless to risk his long-term health.
The 30-year-old will hope to attract free agents to the franchise this summer, but in the more immediate future he will likely just hope he can feature in the All-Star Game in New York on Sunday night and then potentially call it a day on his campaign.