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Carmelo Anthony: I took a 'huge risk' by not having surgery

Carmelo Anthony is so far thrilled with his decision to rehab his injured left shoulder instead of having surgery. (AP) Carmelo Anthony is so far thrilled with his decision to rehab his injured left shoulder instead of having surgery. (AP)

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony acknowledged that he took a "huge risk" in opting to rehab his left shoulder from two injuries instead of having surgery to repair it during the offseason.

But so far, that risk is paying its rewards.

"I'm ecstatic going from a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum to not needing surgery," Anthony said of his decision, according to ESPN.com's Ian Begley. "Let me take that back: taking a risk in not taking surgery and letting it heal on its own. I took a huge risk in doing that. It meant I had to put more time in the offseason to do what I had to do to get it right."

Anthony admitted to reporters Saturday that he played part of last season with a torn rotator cuff and partially torn labrum in his left shoulder last season. He was first injured on April 14 in a game against the Indiana Pacers, when he collided with a defender at the rim. It lingered through the postseason and noticeably affected his play at points in series against the Boston Celtics and Pacers.

"I was a little naïve," Anthony said, according to ESPN. "I kind of felt it was torn or something like that when it first happened. Once it happened, I knew something was wrong with it."
Anthony said that doctors told him he would miss the start of the season if he opted for surgery. However, he will now come into the season with a greater presumable risk of re-injuring the shoulder.

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