Melo struggling to be healthy enough for ASG…
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has conceded that he will likely call it quits on his season after the All-Star Game on Sunday night.
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Anthony hopes that he can play on Sunday even if it’s just for a few minutes as he suffered a setback earlier this week with his troublesome sore knee.
The Knicks’ leading scorer and franchise player has been plagued by the problem all year, but he is desperate to play in the All-Star Game given that it is at Madison Square Garden this year and he was voted in by fans to feature as a starter.
“It’s very likely. It’s very likely. Now I’ve got to start thinking about the future,” he told ESPN Radio.
“This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it.”
The eight-time All Star also revealed that he is making the decision with an eye on having surgery if necessary, and if he undergoes the procedure now then it will not interfere with his preparations for next season and he can return to training camp on time and ready to start work.
Given that the Knicks are 10-43 for the season and have no chance of making the playoffs, it has long been touted that Melo will be sat for the rest of the season in order to avoid any long-term damage.
The 12-year veteran has been left out to rest throughout the season while having his minutes reduced, but with the franchise trading players and effectively ending their hopes of doing anything of significance, it makes sense for Anthony to sit out.
New York team president Phil Jackson will hope to turn things around this summer given that he will have a first-round pick in the Draft in June as well as around $30m in cap space to spend on free agents.