New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is hopeful he will be able to play in Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks in London, according to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Anthony has not played since New Year's Eve because of knee soreness. He said earlier this month that he isn't "shutting it down for the season yet" but acknowledged Wednesday that he's "pretty sure" he will have to undergo surgery at some point.
"Yeah, I'm pretty sure at some point that's going to be my only option," Anthony said, according to the Daily News. "But until that time I can't sit out, I don't feel like, you know, as a person I can't let my team out there. I feel like if I can go out there and play some more and continue to play then I'm going to do that. I'm pretty sure there will come a time where I have to make that decision to sit out and take the proper procedure and get what I need to be done."
Over 30 games this season, Anthony is averaging 23.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists while posting a 21.2 Player Efficiency Rating, down more than three points from last season. He has reportedly said that the knee has been bothering him since the second game of the season.
The Knicks have lost 25 of their last 26 games to fall to 5-35, the worst record (by winning percentage) in the NBA.