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Report: Carmelo Anthony has torn labrum, may need surgery

May 22, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony’s shoulder was clearly bothering him through much of the playoffs, but he fought through it as best he could averaging 28.8 points per game (on just 40.1 percent shooting, down from 44 in the regular season) with 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He injured it in Game 5 against the Celtics and went on to have a sleeve over it throughout the Pacers series. You had to wonder how bad things were.

Turns out, things were pretty bad.

Maybe bad enough to need surgery, reports Frank Isola at the New York Daily News (something confirmed by other reports).

An MRI of Anthony’s shoulder revealed a partially torn labrum, according to a Knicks source and there is a possibility that Anthony may need surgery. The Knicks are hopeful that the injury will heal on its own and the club has told Anthony to rest for the next three to four weeks at which point he will be re-evaluated.

The labrum is a type of cartilage found in the shoulder joint and helps keep the ball in the socket of the shoulder. The tear can make it feel as if the shoulder is coming out of its socket, something Anthony reported, according to Isola.

Small tears in the labrum can heal with rest and treatment, however if surgery is needed that is at least three months before he could resume basketball activities and maybe as many as five (and both the doctors and Knicks would want to bring him along slowly).

Still, if surgery is needed, better for the Knicks to get it done in June and have Anthony back around the start of next season rather than to delay and have the cornerstone of their team out.

This is similar to what Dwight Howard tried to play through this season. Both players would seem pretty much unaffected for a few games, then one play would aggravate it and it clearly bothered them for a while. If the Knicks plan to improve on this season next year, they will need Anthony fully healthy.

This is believed to be the play when the injury occurred to Anthony’s shoulder.

  1. mcjon22 - May 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    As someone coming off that same injury, it’s no joke. The rehab is grueling, and you don’t feel confident with the shoulder till 5-6 months after the surgery. And absolutely forget about working out at all for the first 3 months, they don’t even want you jogging

    I wouldn’t wish it on anyone

    • fanofevilempire - May 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      maybe the nba can finally look into players hooking their arms around
      the opposing teams player while guarding on defense, maybe someone
      in the nba can study this the way they studied Kobe kicking out his feet
      in the air while taking a jumper and getting an offensive foul.
      the nba will realize their game is losing fans.

      the only people who doubted Melo was haters, why do you thing he was
      wearing that sling on his shoulder during the playoffs and icing after.
      best of luck Melo, next year we will make another run at it, keep ya head
      up and lead ya boys next year.

  2. biggl - May 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    what could have been

  3. dutchman45 - May 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Melo is getting grief for his playoff performance. With a torn labrum he was giving one hundred percent. Give the man his props. He is a gamer not afraid to take responsibility. Get well soon.

  4. allaroundsportsbuzz - May 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    The rest of the Knicks didn’t show up. JR Smith was bus and so was many others players.

  5. bux1022 - May 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    True gamer! Let the haters hate. Real athletes play through injury to help the team. Can anyone think of a weak minded point guard that left his team hanging for months? Hmmmm

  6. saint1997 - May 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    That is tough right there

  7. jacobknicks - May 23, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Just goes to show how dirty a player Kevin Garnett is

  8. chrismt79 - May 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Those grabbing plays happen all the time unfortunately. Completely low and classless comparison to Rose sitting out, simply because the media and a few overzealous fans can’t deal with a person’s healing time not meeting their opinion of appropriate time line. If people would quit asking the same dumb question, they wouldn’t have to deal with not getting the answer they want. It’s pretty simple, your injured, until you aren’t.

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