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Knicks coach Woodson hopes to get Carmelo Anthony back in time for Texas trip later this week

Dec 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony suffered an ankle injury back on Dec. 23 in Orlando, and at the time he didn’t seem concerned that it would keep him from playing in the Knicks’ Christmas Day matchup with the Thunder two days later.

But Anthony remains sidelined, and in addition to the shellacking New York suffered on that holiday, the team has dropped back-to-back contests against the Raptors, both by double-digit margins.

The Knicks are barely built to compete with Anthony in the lineup, and certainly can’t afford to be without their primary scorer for an extended period of time. Head coach Mike Woodson is hopeful that his star will return in time for a three-game trip through Texas later this week, but it’s far from a given at this point.

From Al Innazzone of Newsday:

Carmelo Anthony didn’t make the trip [to Toronto], and there is no clear timetable for his return from a sprained left ankle. But Mike Woodson hopes Anthony will play on the Knicks’ three-game Texas trip, which begins Thursday. …

The Knicks’ next game is Thursday in San Antonio. Anthony will have had nine days off if he’s available for that game.

“I’m hoping he will be,” Woodson said. “When Melo’s ready to play, he’ll play. My track record with Melo has been he plays. And if he’s hurt, he’s hurt, and you got to believe that. So I’m sure when he’s ready to get back out on the floor from his ankle, he’ll let us know and medical will let me know.”

That Texas trip includes a back-to-back set against the Spurs and the Rockets, followed by a game in Dallas against the Mavericks. Even with Anthony in place it’s going to be tough for the Knicks to get even one of those games; without him, it doesn’t seem possible.

Anthony has averaged 26.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 39.4 minutes per contest this season.

  1. brianscalabrine - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    @ Houston, @ Spurs, @ Dallas…..

    10-23 at best after that trip regardless of whether or not he plays.

  2. 950003cups - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Those losers just got swept in a home and home series by none other than the Raptors!!!

    The whole team sucks! They’re a joke. They’re all that’s wrong with the NBAPA. That’s the bad example the owners bring to the tables. The whole team stinks! It begins and ends with James Dolan. Give those contracts to Stat and JR Smith. Both had no other teams pushing for them. Both for overpaid. Both didn’t want to work as soon as the ink dried on their contracts.

    Oh, and both needed surgery!!!!!!

    • marcusfitzhugh - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I constantly read that NY “overpaid” for Amare. NY signed him in 2010 when Amare was 28. STAT had just finished a season where he played 82 games for the Suns, started every game, averaged over 34 minutes per game, 23.1 PPG, and 8.9 rebounds. An no, that wasn’t because he was “auditioning for free agency”. In 2008/9 he averaged over 36 minutes per game, 21.4 PPG, and 8.9 rebounds. In 2007/8, it was 33.9 minutes, 25.2 PPG and 9.1 rebounds. It’s true NY couldn’t get certain career ending insurance on the guy, but until he retires with a career ending injury, the insurance doesn’t matter. Besides that, in 2010 STAT was the ONLY big name free agent who would come to NY. In the summer of 2010, exactly who should the Knicks have signed other than Amare? LBJ and Bosh both said “no thanks”. There was literally no one else who would play for them. If the Knicks hadn’t signed Amare, 2010 would have looked a lot like 2009. You remember 2009, right? They started the year 1 and 9, lost a home game by 50, and finished with a record of 29-53. Yes, STAT is currently injured. He’s been banged up for the past 2 years. But overpaid? Only in hindsight.

      And that’s recent hindsight. STAT’s first year in NY, he was money. 25 PPG and 8 RPG.

      • sportsfan18 - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Shoot, even LAST season, Amare played great when he was on the court.

        True, he didn’t play much due to injury, but when he was on the court, he did VERY well last season. Well over a 20 PER. Good shooting percentage etc…

        But the whole team is cursed this yr… well all of New York actually as the Nets are in sorry shape too.

        And are the Giants in the NFL and well the Rangers in the NHL suck this year too.

  3. sportsfan18 - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Report!

    La La and Melo seen looking for homes in L.A. over the past few days!

    Why the Lakers would want him is beyond me though.

    Melo to return to NYC in time for trip to Texas later this week.

  4. onlyavoice - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    The Knicks can’t put talent around Melo (sign all his Nuggets teammates LOL)
    so Melo should leave & sign with an established team (For almost Nothing) if he wants
    to compete for a chip. Maybe even having to come off the bench.
    The problem is is that Melo wants his money. I really can’t see anyone coming close to winning anything with this guy, not even close.

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