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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has revealed that he has been advised to take time off as he continues to struggle with left knee soreness.
Anthony missed Thursday night’s 103-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls with the issue and he revealed that people close to him are pushing him to “shut it down” and rest the injury.
“I have multiple people say kind of just shut it down,” Anthony said.
“Or just take time off. But at the end of the day, it’s hard for me to just do that right now in the midst of what’s happening with the team and this season. So just trying to be smart about that.”
The 30-year-old said that he started feeling discomfort in his knee again during Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks and he acknowledged that he didn’t do much in practice on Wednesday and opted to skip the Bulls game.
However, he revealed the process is frustrating and he is taking it day-by-day with the hope that his knee would improve with treatment in the coming days and in turn he can return to the court and help his teammates.
Anthony has been struggling with knee soreness since the second game of the season and the team’s medical staff has told him his condition will not improve unless he rests the knee, although they don’t envisage it worsening if he continues to play.
“Some days it feels like I can go. Some days it feels like I have everything,” Anthony said. “The other day it was a little sore in the first half and I didn’t have no lift in my shot, and in the second half the lift came back a little bit. It’s going to be off and on like that.”
Coach Derek Fisher insisted that his star player has to balance what’s best for his career with what’s best for the team, and given the Knicks are 5-23 for the season, they are now eight games back in the Eastern Conference and don’t look capable of making a playoff push.
As a result, despite the anger perhaps growing from the fans over their struggles on the court, Anthony may well opt to rest while there is little at stake.