New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony could need surgery on his injured left knee. Anthony said he would consider sitting out games to give his knee time to heal.
The New York Post's Marc Berman previously reported that Anthony said he would consider sitting out games. Isola reports Anthony could postpone the surgery until after the season.
Anthony, 30, has been bothered by the knee since the second game of the season and re-injured it last month. He hasn't missed any games because of the injury but did sit out two games last month with a back injury.
After the Knicks lost their ninth straight game on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony said he will talk to the team's training staff about the best option to treat the injury, Berman reports.
The Knicks announced that Anthony will not play in Wednesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
“At this point, it’s evaluating and seeing,’’ Anthony said. “Some days are better than others. It’s a matter if I want to continue to play on it and the pain threshold. The flip side to that is we are losing games. I hate it, I hate to sit on the sidelines and watch my teammates.
“At this point, sitting down with trainers and coaches and seeing what’s best for everybody. If it’s best for me to sit out, take some time to get it right, then that’s a decision we’ll have to make. But they’ll have to pull me out."
In his first season playing in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense, Anthony is averaging 22.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists after averaging 27.4 points last season.
- Paul Palladino