Carmelo Anthony’s recovery from a small tear in his left shoulder is going well but the Knicks still have not determined whether or not he will need surgery according to Ian Begley of ESPN-NY.
“He said he was feeling better,” the league source said. “It was improving.”
An MRI taken shortly after the season showed that Anthony had suffered a small tear in his left shoulder, according to another league source.
The Knicks haven’t acknowledged the injury publicly, but the plan, one league source said, was for Anthony to rest for 3-4 weeks before determining the next course of action. Saturday will be four weeks to the day since the MRI first revealed the tear.
The fact that Anthony hasn’t undergone surgery yet is a positive sign. The Knicks and Anthony, obviously, hope surgery to repair the injury can be avoided. But a league source says the surgery option has not been ruled out.
Anthony hurt the shoulder originally on April 14th against the Pacers and aggravated it during Game Five of the 1st round series against the Celtics. He played through the post season with the injury and still led the team in points per game including 39 in the game six loss to Indiana.
As Ian Begley mentions in the quote above, it is still good news that Melo has not had surgery yet. The next MRI that he has will determine exactly how the shoulder is healing.
Avoiding surgery is the end game in all this. If he can avoid it, then he will be ready for training camp and the beginning of the season. If he does have the surgery then that will all be in doubt.
The Knicks and especially Mike Woodson make a big deal, rightfully so, about practice time. It is key for this team to continue working on the chemistry that they built during last season.
If Melo has to miss time because of surgery, that chemistry could be compromised because the guy that handles the ball the most during the season wont be able to work with the team before the season starts.
Now I’m sure the team would have little problem incorporating Melo into the game plan if his start to the season was delayed. They have played without him a bit due to injuries the past two seasons. It would be nothing new to them.
At the end of the day, the Knicks doctors have hoped that rest would be the thing that would help Melo heal the best. We have to hope they are right and that surgery can be avoided,