Injured Melo won’t make the trip to Toronto

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony won’t make the trip to Toronto for Saturday’s game, coach Mike Woodson said after Friday’s 95-83 loss to the  Raptors.

Anthony, who didn’t sit on the bench Friday night and hasn’t spoken to the media since before Christmas, will then have missed three straight games with a sprained left ankle. The Knicks are 0-2 without him.

“He’s gotta continue to go through treatment and when he’s ready to play, he’ll let us know,” Woodson said before the game.

After Toronto, the Knicks head on a three-game Texas swing beginning Jan. 2 in San Antonio.


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




25 comments
JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

What happen to Beno? I didn't see game.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Well, for those that are still watching the games, will Woody make any adjustments tonight? Here's what might help.

1) Play more zone and try to cover for the "fatigue" factor. If these guys ran out of gas at home with a day off, a back to back with travel isn't going to help.

2) Fire up the Cole train and use him to cut Bargnani's minutes down to a productive 25, rather than a productive 25 and then 12 minutes of nada. Let Cole bang with Valanciunas and put Chandler on Johnson or Psycho T to give him a break.


Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Melo shouldn't bother making the trip to Texas either. The Knicks aren't winning any of those 3 games with or without him so there's no point not getting the extra rest even if he thinks he an give it a go. And if he can't play Jan 7 vs Det then he should hold off till Jan 11 @ Phi because they don't stand a chance vs Mia on Jan 9 either way.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Can the Knicks trade Stat for Bynum and someone else, waive Bynum and clear space?

hashburry
hashburry

The Knicks are not a team.  Just a bunch of broken parts that don't fit together.  They need to start looking to unload Melo to a team that needs a post presence to get over the hump.  Maybe Golden State.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

There is a rumor that several Knicks have requested to spend the night in Toronto, but not stay at the team hotel. It appears that the hot spot in Toronto is the couch in Landry Fields' apartment.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Trap game for the Raptors.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@orlando_knickfan

Bynum has a $6 million guarantee on a $12.5 million contract, so he could be waived and that would reduce the salary for cap purposes by $6.5 million. He might be a good trade chip to a team looking to escape the luxury tax.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@bockers He was forced by Dolan to do the Stat signing since Dolan wanted to save face after being turned down by LeBron.  How do you tell your fans that we've been dumping all our players for 2 years for cap space so we can sign marquee free agents and then come back and say "Shucks.  No one wanted our money except Stat, and that would be a dumb move to sign him"

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@orlando_knickfan Just want him to not rush back for games they won't win and be hobbled for games they can or reinjure it cause he never let it fully heal.

maceinyourface
maceinyourface

We got is bird rights so we should be able to get a lot in a trade.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLD_KNICK@Knicks_Fanatic 

It's either laugh or cry at this point. I'm going with the humorous approach. 

Dolan doesn't give a shet about whether we win or lose. We've got no GM. We've got no draft picks. We've got a team of players where most are just showing up to collect a paycheck. We've got a coach who has no answers.

I'm going with the magic couch as the solution.

1harris1
1harris1

@tommy2b@bockers The Knicks hadn't officially been turned down by LeBron as of the time of the Amar'e signing.  Amar'e was even promising that he could lure LeBron to the Knicks, and ownership/management was hoping that brining in Amar' would make them more serious contenders for LeBron (that, and by emphasizing all the money LeBron could make in the NY investment scene).  Obviously, their strategy didn't work.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Remember this Knicks fans who think 2015 free agency is going to solve our problems.  We'll probably sign Derrick Rose to a max contract when he gets bought out by the Bulls after he busts his knee for the 10th time simply running the floor.

tommy2b
tommy2b

Yes, I agree I mis-remembered.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@bockers What do you hope to find in such an article?  I'm not sure I understand you.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@1harris1 You're right.  I just went back and read some articles on the signing.  (sigh)  What an idiotic move.  I probably told myself it went that way in order to justify it as Stat's injuries mounted.  What a dumb move smh