After a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, Carmelo Anthony’s health is a serious concern for the New York Knicks. Anthony doesn’t think he will be healthy the rest of the season, but he plans to play through the pain.
It might be smarter for the Knicks to have Anthony sit for the rest of the year. After missing three games with knee soreness, Anthony played 33 minutes in a 92-63 loss to the Warriors. He missed 11 of 15 shots and finished with 14 points.
After the game Anthony told reporters his knee affected his play.
The health of Carmelo Anthony should worry the Knicks. He was candid when talking about his knee to reporters, admitting, “I don’t think I’ll ever be 100 percent, to be honest with you,” but promised, “I will play.” Is it worth compromising Anthony’s long term health for New York’s short term goals though?
For the past several weeks Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with fluid buildup in his right knee causing stiffness. No structural damage was found in an MRI taken in February and the Knicks hope the fluid will eventually dissipate.
Carmelo Anthony wants answers about his health however. The fluid build up makes it impossible for him to hyperextend his knee. He admits that so far he has not been given an official diagnosis.
Anthony is the league’s second leading scorer and an integral part of the Knicks playoff run. New York is currently second in the Eastern conference with a record of 38-23 and need him to play through the pain to keep up their hot pace.
At the same time, the Knicks can’t take a chance on Carmelo Anthony’s health if he continues to have games like he did against the Warriors. It’s not an easy spot for New York to be in, especially with the news that Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the rest of the season because of an injury.
Do you think the health of Carmelo Anthony’s knee is a big enough concern the Knicks should sit him out the rest of the year?