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‘Melo says nobody can tell him what is up with his knee

Mar 12, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Anthony grimaces as he leaves the court after injuring himself when falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Reuters

After missing three games Carmelo Anthony was back in the Knicks lineup Monday night against Golden State and he looked… slow.

Part of it was just conditioning and needing to get his legs back. He had 14 points (on 4-of-15 shooting) and 10 boards on what was a generally terrible night for any player in a Knicks uniform. But Anthony didn’t look anything like the guy who was in the middle of the MVP conversation early in the season.

And what’s worse is he said he still doesn’t really know what is going on with his knee, reports Mitch Lawrence at the Daily News.

But he also dropped a little bombshell beforehand when asked what the team doctors had finally determined was causing fluid to build up on the knee, resulting in stiffness in the leg.

“Nobody can really give me an exact answer,’’ he said.

That’s concerning.

Which is why it was idiotic for Mike Woodson not to take Anthony out early in the third quarter when the game got out of hand for the Knicks (who trailed by 27 at one point). And that’s why it was a borderline fireable offense that Woodson put Anthony back in for a four-minute stint in the fourth quarter.

All Anthony really knew was that whatever is going on didn’t require surgery. He was emphatic. We’ll see if he feels that way come the summer.

Right now injuries are taking their toll on the Knicks — Amare Stoudemire is out, Anthony is slowed and the list of other ailments around the team is too long to list here. Woodson has to balance seedings with rest for guys down the stretch, but rest and health has to win out. Because the Knicks need to look a lot fresher than they did Monday night come the playoffs.

And that has to start with getting whatever is going on with Anthony’s knee right.

  1. cjispro - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    This scares me. Reminds me of Penny Hardaway when the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with his knee. Phantom knee injuries are no good for players or fans. I hope we don’t get robbed of watching this guy play.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      so you want the Knicks to risk a franchise player further injuries
      just so you are entertained, wtf is wrong with you?

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        If you cannot understand what the guy was saying, the question you posed really needs to be asked of you.

      • cjispro - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        You’re putting words in my mouth. I was simply saying that I enjoy watching the guy play so I hope this swelling is temporary and not a sign of things to come. I hate it when great athletes are robbed by injury. Basketball IS entertainment though, in case you don’t understand the concept.

  2. tannethrill - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Just starve yourself for a couple of weeks, I’m sure that will help.

    In all seriousness I’m still baffled by that. Professional athletes shouldn’t use their bodies to the max and deprive it of essential nutrition.

    Obviously not the culprit of the knee but you can’t say it didn’t contribute in some way.

    The initial injury could have been suffered during that time due to exhaustion caused by fasting at an inappropriate time.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      I think this is a injury from when he fell on Tyson months ago.
      I think he tweaked it when he fell a few games back so this
      is getting worst and not better.This is not good added to the
      way Woody played him last night, this isn’t going to good.

    • cjispro - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Maybe he should be eating more of LaLa’s honey nut cheerios!

  3. cbad760 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Of course they were down by 27 at one point, after all they did lose by 29.

  4. eaglessuperfan - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Dude is soft plain and simple. 6’8 baby who plays 0 D

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      wtf is wrong with you, you are disgusting.

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Ha ha, its all about to fall apart again in New York..

    Two monster contracts (Carmelo and A’mare) will equal ZERO titles when they both expire.

    Remember when Donnie Walsh was supposed to be the savior after Isaiah? How’s that looking now?

  6. geneatals - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    He needs to quit seeing orthopedic MD’s And ATC’s and see a qualified physical therapist

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