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Carmelo has fluid on knee, will not play Wednesday vs. Pistons

Mar 6, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony AP

UPDATE 6:32 pm: And what we expected has become official, the Knicks have announced Carmelo Anthony will not play Wednesday night against Detroit, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post (as well as other media).

Will Anthony play against Oklahoma City on Thursday? It’s possible, coach Mike Woodson said. Personally I wouldn’t bet on it, but it’s possible.

Woodson also confirmed that Kurt Thomas will get the start. So the starting five is Thomas, Tyson Chandler, James White, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert. Good luck getting a lot of offense out of that group.

12:21 pm: Nothing is official — because they are the Knicks and all injury reports must be shrouded in mystery for reasons unknown — but I wouldn’t bet on Carmelo Anthony suiting up Wednesday night when the Knicks take on the Pistons.

Thursday night the Knicks host Oklahoma City on national television.

Anthony tweaked his knee Monday night, did not play the second half then said after the game his knee had been bothering him for a while and this was just an aggravation of it. He had an MRI to check things out and our friend Howard Beck of the New York Times tweets coach Mike Woodson’s comments on it.

Woodson also said he likely would start Kurt Thomas if (ok, when) Anthony sits. That would leave Amare Stoudemire, coming off his best game of the season, still coming off the bench. And the Knicks starting lineup would need Raymond Felton to create all the offense. Interesting choice.

Then why not start… oh, forget it.

Woodson also tried to throw himself on the sword for Anthony’s nagging knee issues saying he didn’t sit him when Carmelo asked. That from an interview with ESPN Radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews).

“I should have. But stubborn coach, I just didn’t. We’re down 22, I’m going to leave one of my best players in the game. Maybe I should have taken him out before he actually stumbled and took the fall. Again, I’m thinking the game. I’m thinking he’ll play through it, he’ll figure it out. But hey, he was hurting. He walked out after he took the spill and he didn’t come back. That’s not Melo-like. Obviously his knee was bothering him.”

Does anybody believe that if Anthony asked out Woodson would turn down his request? Carmelo could request Woodson run up the block during the game and grab him a slice of pizza and Woodson would do it. No way he doesn’t sit him.

But it’s the Knicks. What did you expect, honesty?

  1. money2long - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    fluid ON his knee? did he spill some gatorade?
    i’m thinking you mean it’s inside his knee, behind it.

  2. eflem80 - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Why would woodsen throw himself under the bus??? God all you heat “fans” (that’s you Kurt) sure are cute. This wasn’t even a topic…he straight up just told us what happened. This isn’t the Heat Kurt where you’ll say one of they players (wade) cursing out the coach right on the bench on national tv or another player (James) blatantly brush the coach on his way to the bench. Woodsen actually runs his team…not the players.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Coaches do it all the time (in all sports) to protect star players.

  3. sdelmonte - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    You think the Knicks are bad? The Rangers were missing Rick Nash for three games and we still have no idea what was wrong with him.

    • money2long - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      i care more about the power rangers. i have 0 interest in hockey. ur reference does not resonate with me. and for the record, i have no interest in the power rangers either.

  4. rickyspanish - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM


    Just wipe it off.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    MSG has always been mysterious with injury reports since Dolan bought the team after the ’94 Finals. This is not news (nor should it be) to anyone.

  6. decimusprime - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Fluid ON the knee is correct. it is on top of the knee under the skin in a sac type thing. drain and rest.

  7. jthammerstix - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    “Under the skin in a sac type thing”. Thanks doc

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