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Report: Carmelo Anthony playing through sore hamstring

Aug 9, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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It sure hasn’t shown much in the London Olympics — Carmelo Anthony is averaging 17.3 points a game on 57 percent shooting (53.1 percent from three), is chipping in 4.5 rebounds a game and is working hard off the ball. Plus, I could swear I saw him play defense.

But, apparently he’s a little banged up. From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Carmelo is nursing a sore hamstring but says he’s fine. Knicks sent one of their own trainers to London to look after him

The physician for Team USA is from the Portland Trail Blazers. More than one team has sent along its own medical staff to monitor their players. Draw your own conclusions.

Hamstrings can be tricky things, but with just two games left and ‘Melo a key contributor to Team USA, you can bet he is going to play. After that he has about six weeks before the start of camp to rest it, and you know coach Mike Woodson is not going to push his star that hard in the preseason if there is still an issue.

Meaning, by the time the Knicks take on the Nets to open the season, ‘Melo will be ready to go.

As for the next two key games for Team USA, ‘Melo has looked good so far so it’s just something to keep an eye on.

  1. cakemixa - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    It’s OK, his ego is at 100%!

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    hamstring the reoccurring curse that holds my man Jose Reyes down take your time heal well

  3. eddit13 - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Kurt if you watched some Knicks basketball yourself, instead of re-posting other people’s stories, you’d have noticed Melo playing plenty of defense under Woodson. Might not be your thing to watch basketball and trust your own eyes though.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      I think you’re lying.

    • knightrider1755 - Aug 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      That’s a stretch. Melo has never played “plenty of defense” anywhere.

      • beardown777 - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        He played defense under Woodson?

        In other words he played some defense when he felt like it. What about his other 9 seasons?

        How long before playing defense gets in the way of scoring and Mello gives it up?

  4. tonystrong - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Being that Carmelo’s international game consists of spotting up for a 3, I’d say this is a non story!

  5. skids003 - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    I haven’t seen anyone on the USA Olympic team play defense.

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