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‘Melo has been undergoing elbow rehab since season ended

Jun 30, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony AP

Carmelo Anthony has a case of elbow bursitis — a condition that flared up with the Nuggets before the trade and apparently was an issue during the playoffs — and has been receiving treatment at the Knicks facilities since the season ended, the New York Post reports.

If he were playing it could impact the follow through on his shots (the Post quotes Anthony saying it did at times during the season at points). He wore a sleeve on his elbow because of it. But in the offseason it’s just a one of a long list of nagging injuries players let heal.

It’s not that big a deal, except that his supervised treatments are about to end because of the lockout. Any player getting treatment (most doing rehab post surgery) will have to do it on their own now, without the team physician and trainers guiding them.

Elbow bursitis is an inflammation of the little sack of fluid that allows the skin on your elbow to easily slide over the bone. It likely got inflamed because of a hard blow to the elbow (which could happen any number of ways during a game). The treatment is really just rest, keeping pressure off the elbow and anti-inflammatory medications (unless he wanted to undergo surgery, which he likely does not).

This is not a serious condition, but it has limited his offseason workouts, according to the Post.

  1. tashkalucy - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM


    Lebron James disease.

    Elbow flares up and hand is numb when the playoffs get tough.

    And oh yeah, it happened during the season, but he never said anything about it.

    I’s hard to put up with these so-called players that sell their image instead of improve their game (baby steps…..maybe if hey set one pick a game for a teammate then the next year they culd work on setting two a game) .

    Yeah, know — they’re all about winning and championships. But their teammates were lacking. And they go injured but didn’t say anything abut it. Been hearing it for years.


    Bring on Durant, Rose and the next generation o NBA stars. Those that actually respect the game, their teammates and coaches, and the fans.

  2. theghostofwillisreed - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM


    i’m sure that if melo had mentioned the injury during the season, internet tough guys like yourself would have criticized him for being a pansy. players get hurt. how does this have anything to do with “respect for the game”?

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