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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has insisted that he will not sit out the rest of the season as he continues to battle with a sore knee.
The Knicks have slumped to a 5-32 record this season after losing 12 straight games and 22 of the past 23 overall and as a result their playoff hopes for this year have been dashed.
In addition, team president Phil Jackson opted to trade both JR Smith and Iman Shumpert earlier this week while Samuel Dalembert was waived in order to increase cap flexibility which in total saves the team more than $20m in salary and luxury taxes.
The Knicks received Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and Lance Thomas in return with all three players having non-guaranteed contracts while they have obtained a 2019 second-round pick.
However, in the short-term, Anthony insists that he will not shut it down for the rest of the season and he has asked the Knicks fans to be patient as the franchise rebuilds.
“I’m all right,” Anthony said in a Bleacher Report video.
“I’m not shutting it down for the season yet. I’m just trying to take some time to get it right.”
“I know there’s a lot of fans out there that’s kind of upset or kind of down on the team, kind of down on the players right now, kind of down on the situation,” Anthony added. “But I will say that it [gets] greater later, just be patient with the team, with the organization, with the journey, with the plan, with what we’re trying to create, what we’re trying to accomplish.
“Greatness don’t happen overnight, and that’s something that we’re trying to build here.”
Anthony has missed the past three games with the issue and while it is understood that the strain won’t get any worse by playing with it, coach Derek Fisher has previously suggested that they will eventually consider calling the season off for the 30-year-old.