Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony recently shut down his season following the All Star Game due to a left knee injury that has bothered Anthony all year. Further details show he played the majority of his season with a partial tear in the patellar tendon of his left knee.
Anthony played in 40 games this season in addition to the All Star Game despite the injury. Melo was averaging 24.4 ppg, 3.1 apg, and 6.6 rpg with a PER of 21.81, providing a small bright spot in the otherwise abysmal season the 10-45 Knickerbockers have had. In the All Star game Anthony played 30 minutes and had a rough shooting night, going 6-20 from the field including 2-13 from behind the 3 point arc. Melo finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the East, who lost 163-158 to the West, led by Russell Westbrook’s 41 points. Westbrook’s 41 points were one shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 42.
Anthony underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery to repair the tear in his left knee last week, and the surgery was a success. Melo will likely be out 4-6 months, and will be able to be fully active somewhere between June and August. Training Camp opens in October.
The Knicks are serious contenders for the number one draft pick as they currently have the worst record in the league, and they will also have a large amount of cap space to try and lure in top free agents this offseason.
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