May 20, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT
If you watched Carmelo Anthony at all as he tried to carry the Knicks through the playoffs (often too single-handedly, but that’s another issue for another day), you could tell that his left shoulder was really bothering him.
So it’s not a shock that a team doctor is about to have a look at it, as reported by Frank Isola at the New York Daily News.
The club is hopeful that Anthony’s injury is not serious and that it will improve with rest and therapy and won’t require surgery. Anthony had been playing with minor discomfort since Game 5 of the Knicks first round series against Boston when Kevin Garnett yanked his arm while setting a screen.
The good news is the team has had a look at the knee ‘Melo had drained during the season and there is no need for surgery there.
It’s going to be an interesting summer with New York — this is a team in full win-now mode considering the age of their roster, yet that roster is clearly going to need upgrades if they are going to compete with the improving Pacers in future years, let alone the Heat or other contenders.
Whatever changes are made, Carmelo has to be at the heart of the new team. And they are going to need him healthy next season.
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