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The New York Knicks are reportedly encouraging star man Carmelo Anthony to rest his sore knee instead of playing through the pain barrier for the rest of the season.
Anthony’s knee injury has been a topic of discussion for several weeks as he continues to sit out with the problem, and there have been calls that he should shut it down for the year given that the Knicks are going nowhere this season.
New York are currently 5-32 for the season which leaves them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference after losing 12 straight games, and the franchise pressed ahead with their plans to rebuild the roster by trading JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
With the roster being reduced, it will only put further pressure on Anthony to give the fans some value for money at Madison Square Garden this season and there is an argument to suggest that could result in putting further stress on his knee and creating a long-term problem.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the 30-year-old is continuing to resist the idea of resting his sore knee, but the Knicks are encouraging him to sit.
New York are clearly planning for the summer after dumping more salary and creating cap space for a solid run in free agency along with their upcoming Draft pick, and with Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire expected to be the next in line to leave at the end of the season, they will have significant money to work with.
As a result, it would appear to be a thankless task to allow Anthony to continue to play through the pain, particularly given that the Knicks have plenty of money tied up in him after he signed a five-year contract worth $123m last summer.