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Doctors to take a look at Carmelo Anthony’s left shoulder

May 20, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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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.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Doctor: Looking at your shoulder it seems it has undergone extreme trauma.

    Melo: But how doc?

    Doctor: I don’t know… Have you done anything unusual that may have caused some damage?

    Melo: Well I did pass the ball twice late in the 4th quarter.

    Doctor: Well there’s the problem. Did those passes result in two costly turnovers?

    Melo: Actually, yes.

    Doctor: Take this prescription for one summer off, and please no more passing the ball. It’s too late to start doing that now.

  2. heat256 - May 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Is the “minor discomfort” Amare or Kidd?

    • 4thquartermagic - May 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Doctor: Looking at your shoulder it seems it has undergone extreme trauma.

      Melo: But how doc?

      Doctor: I don’t know… Have you done anything unusual that may have caused some damage?

      Melo: Well I did pass the ball twice late in the 4th quarter.

      Doctor: Well there’s the problem. Did those passes result in two costly turnovers?

      Melo: Actually, yes.

      Doctor: Take this prescription for one summer off, and please no more passing the ball. It’s too late to start doing that now.

  3. themagicfanguy - May 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Stop acting like KG ripped his arm off. It’s not KG’s fault that ‘Melo is soft and can’t handle playoff basketball.

    • fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      stop yappin, get back in the kitchen.
      magic suck!

    • cantonbound13 - May 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      You do a lot of yapping for a guy whose team is in the lottery , yet again.

  4. caeser12 - May 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Some, if not MOST of the blame goes to Mike “Mr. Magoo” Woodson, for continually having Melo (his ONLY Scorer) work against must more physical PF’s this year. sure he was trying to show the World that Melo was a tough Dude, but look where it got him. Broke and out. Can someone, ANYONE please buy the Knicks.

    • fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      why are you selling the knickerbockers for?

      • caeser12 - May 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        As long as James Dolan owns the Knicks, we fans will continue to suffer in Basketball Purgatory.

    • casualcommenter - May 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Woodson screwed over his team with his questionable rotations during the playoffs but having Carmelo spend more time at the power forward position (“4″) this season wasn’t a mistake.

      Statistically speaking, Carmelo Anthony is more effective when matched up against power forwards than small forwards because he has a big foot-speed advantage over them, and having Melo at the 4 allows the Knicks to play an extra wing player (usually a 3-point shooter) at the 3 who spaces the floor and thus gives Melo more room to operate.

      It’s not a coincidence that Carmelo had the best regular season in his career, culminating with winning the scoring title for the first time in his career, the one year in which he spent most of his time as a power forward.

      Going “big” and having Melo play at the 3 makes the Knicks less effective as a team. Floor spacing disappears and the Carmelo has less of an advantage over his opponents.

      • caeser12 - May 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        I agree with your premise about Melo having the advantage, on Offense, but Defensively, he was/is not wired to go against the PF’s that he was assigned to. Also it didn’t help that Tyson Chandler, aka Charles Smith, aka Sam Bowie, couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t protect him.

      • brutl - May 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Looking at the stats, it doesn’t seem like Melo has gotten appreciably better than 5 years ago.
        This year he averaged 28.7 ppg on 44.9% fg
        ’07 Melo averaged 28.9 ppg on 47.6% fg
        He shoots the 3 better now, but you don’t need to play the 4 or have interior space for that..

  5. cantonbound13 - May 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Woodson needs to go. Tyson Chandler needs to develop a low post game or he needs to go. Kidd & Camby need to go. Amare needs to play some defense (let’s face it, no team is taking that uninsured contract). They need another scorer that is more consistent than JR. It would be nice if Felton could elevate his game.

    • caeser12 - May 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Tyson “Chicken” Chandler needs to go also. If that’s the best he has , then they don’t need him. If he was hurt, I get it, but who in the playoffs is not hurt? Dude punked out, can’t rebound, can’t defend, can’t catch. The Statute of Limitations of his (and J Kidd’s) Championship, has run out.

      I concur 1000% on Mike “we have gotta find a way to use him, because he’s vital to what we do” Woodson, as well as Kidd and Camby. Amare, stuck with him, Felton, back up, J.R. can go also. Put’s them right back to fighting for 6-8 seed. Smh.

      Go NY.

    • casualcommenter - May 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      “Woodson needs to go.”

      I’m inclined to agree. The Knicks won 50+ games and the 2-seed in the East by playing small, but Woodson made it clear during the playoffs that he didn’t believe in playing small. Most of those innovative small-ball lineups were the result of injuries, not creative experimentation on Woodson’s part, and he was quick to abandon them in the playoffs. I do think the Pacers deserve most of the credit for beating the Knicks, but Woodson not understanding what his best lineups are this late in the season is inexcusable.

      “Tyson Chandler needs to develop a low post game or he needs to go.”
      Disagreed. Tyson Chandler is the only reason why the Knicks can get away with playing a guy like Carmelo (who doesn’t rotate well, protect the rim, or take charges) at the power forward position. In order to survive defensively while playing small-ball, the Knicks either need good defenders at the wing positions or a defensively-focused center capable of cleaning up other people’s messes. Chandler had a down season (probably due to injuries), and not coincidentally, the Knicks defense was got worse compared to late last season after Woodson took over.

      “Kidd & Camby need to go.”
      Kidd should retire and become an assistant coach. When announcers have to repeatedly “excuse” a player’s dismal shooting performance by saying, “Well, it’s not his job to score,” it’s time to call it a career. It’s everybody’s job to score on open looks, and when a guard can’t hit an open 3-pointer to save his life, he’s done.

      Camby probably should go since, for whatever reason, Woodson had no interest in giving him any playing time (even when he wasn’t dealing with injury).

      “Amare needs to play some defense (let’s face it, no team is taking that uninsured contract).”
      Amar’e first needs to try to stay healthy. He’s never going to be effective if he’s constantly missing time and has to spend weeks every season either missing games or being ineffective in games while working his way back from injury. But yes, there’s no excuse for him being so bad on defense if he’s really giving good effort at this point.

      “They need another scorer that is more consistent than JR. It would be nice if Felton could elevate his game.”
      Felton is their only real hope of a reliable second option scorer. However, his effectiveness is directly tied to Tyson Chandler since his favorite play is a pick and roll with Chandler that Felton can finish with a lob pass to Chandler or by driving to the hoop himself. The other hope is that Shumpert develops his offensive game now that he doesn’t have to spend the entire offseason rehabbing.

  6. mazblast - May 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Have you ever noticed that every star player who’s had a bad week, lost a playoff series, etc., is “injured”?

    Look, at this time of year, EVERYONE is playing hurt except maybe the #11-12 guys. Beat-up guys are squaring off against beat-up guys every game.

    To his credit, I’ve yet to read or hear Carmelo blame the Knicks’ playoff loss to any injury. I saw a lot more warrior in his game this year than I’ve seen before.

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