Surgery Still a Possibility for Carmelo Anthony

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) stands on the free throw line against the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been about a month since New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum, which he suffered at the end of the regular season. The Knicks’ initial plan was to let the left shoulder injury heal, re-evaluate it after 3-4 weeks and see if it needed surgery.

It’s been four weeks later, and Anthony’s status is still unknown, but surgery is not ruled out for Melo. But there are positive signs: Anthony said that his shoulder was “feeling better.” The fact that Anthony is still getting treatment, and is showing improvement, is a good sign for the team and its fans.

If Anthony does end up needing surgery for his shoulder, it would sideline him for at least three or four months—which would put the Knicks in a tough spot at the beginning of the 2013-14 regular season. If the Knicks want to make any noise in the league, and have any chance of making a run at the title, they need Carmelo Anthony 100 percent.

So what do the Knicks do? Hope Anthony’s shoulder heals by itself, but risk the shoulder getting re-injured late in the season, or, do they tell Anthony to have the surgery, increasing the chances of the shoulder staying healthy?

Topics: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, NBA, New York Knicks

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