Carmelo Anthony has small labrum tear, will miss Knicks' two remaining games
In an instance of adding injury to insult, the New York Knicks announced Tuesday that Carmelo Anthony has a slight labrum tear in his right shoulder and will miss the team's two remaining games.
The good news for Anthony, who will miss the playoffs for the first time in his his 11-year career, is that an MRI revealed damage in his shoulder, but not enough to not require surgery. The Knicks said Anthony will be re-evaluated "in about a month."
It's been a disappointing season for Anthony and the Knicks, who are 35-45 entering Tuesday night's action. After winning 54 games in 2013-14, New York has fallen short of even the most conservative of expectations, failing to make the postseason in the depleted East. But their dismal year isn't a reflection of Anthony's performance. The All-Star averaged 25.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and a career-best 40.2 from three-point range.
This summer is set to be an eventful one for the Knicks, with new team president Phil Jackson attempting to bring a winning brand of basketball back to New York. Anthony is signed through 2014-15, but has an early termination clause in his contract and could hit free agency this summer if he chooses. It's unclear how his shoulder injury will impact the decision.DOLLINGER: Knicks finish at No. 20 in final regular-season Power Rankings