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‘Melo suffers deep arm bruise, may sit out All-Star Game

Feb 14, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony AP

Early in the Knicks loss Wednesday night Carmelo Anthony stepped in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan and tried to take the charge.

What he got instead was an elbow to the bicep of his right arm. His shooting arm. He said after the game it was a deep bruise that left him with numbness and that he battled the dead arm all game. Anthony shot 5-for-24 on his way to just a dozen points in the Knicks loss.

And if his arm continues to bother him through the weekend he said he would sit out he All-Star Game Sunday. From the AP.

“I’m not going to force it, definitely not going to force it. As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star Game, participate, if I can’t go, I can’t go. Nothing I can do about that,” Anthony said.

The NBA frowns on healthy players sitting out the All-Star Game — if he doesn’t play Sunday the league likely would keep him out of the Knicks next game the following Wednesday at Indiana. New York doesn’t want that, so smart money says ‘Melo at least plays some token minutes Sunday. It is possible the league could replace him on short notice, but again this is going to have to be pretty bad for everyone to go down that road.

Anthony was voted in an All-Star starter by the fans. Anthony is having his best season as a pro, averaging 28.6 points per game (second best in the NBA) and 6.5 rebounds a contest with a career best PER of 23.8. He has led the Knicks to the second best record in the East heading into All-Star weekend.

  1. omniusprime - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Melo is a Sissy! That’s why he’s a Snickerbocker.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM


  2. jaygott87 - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Let him sit and add Josh Smith. Problem solved.

  3. eflem80 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Don’t play…get the rest….ASG is a joke anyway.

  4. LPad - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I don’t recall the league forcing a player to miss the next game after the all start break because he was injured. If that’s the case all this talk about Dwight Howard being selfish by going to the all star game is shortsighted since he would be suspended for it. This is the dumbest rule I ever heard, we know these players are injured, but we’re going to take paychecks because they want to give their injuries a chance to heal.

  5. jacobknicks - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Weird that he got injured there because he wears almost as much armor as Barty Bonds or Craig Biggio did!

  6. dysraw1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    at the start of the season i was quite impressed with Melo’s attitude. the way he was moving ball being a leader,an exhibiting self control. showing growth an maturity. but slowly he starting fall back to being the old Melo. crying to refs. when not getting calls trying to do to much,an his incident with KG was the capper on his MVP. me anyway. but a true MVP doesn’t take 2 games from his team, because of what some cat says to him on the court. so no i don’t have him in the MVP. conversation. he really needs to refocus on the things he was doing at the start of year in order to salvage the entire teams season. hes not the only guy on the team who fell off, by any means, but as a leader he has to show the way

  7. circuscivics - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I’d have an arm contusion too, if i jacked up as many shots of MElo. MElo is just a taller Iverson. He’d be luck to make it to one Finals appearance like Iverson. Iverson had a great coach to help him get there. Guys like MElo and Iverson need a coach with a strong personality to curb their selfish tendencies. Unfortunately, Woodson doesn’t strike me as that kind of coach. So MElo will help Woodson have a decent season, but will never be the guy to lead a team to a championship. Even Kobe deferred during the Lakers championship days. MElo? Never. They should have kept the team D’Antoni had and traded for D Williams, the guy D’Antoni originally wanted. This would have been a better fit with Amare, a more athletic Karl Malone. IMO, this would have given the Knicks a better shot at a championship. Now they have no shot.

  8. samonelastains - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Melo MVP campaign ends every time Lebron steps onto the court. Lets be real.

  9. nygrwy - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Knicks fan and I would think he is just trying to cover up what an awful game he had. Which every superstar does but boy when he wants to shoot you out of a game he does it like no one in the history of the game

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