Over three weeks have passed since an MRI revealed a partially torn labrum in Carmelo Anthony’s left shoulder, but the Knicks still have not announced if he will need surgery. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the organization’s initial plan was to see if the injury would heal without surgery and reevaluate it in three to four weeks.
The original diagnosis on his shoulder came almost a month ago.
Isola writes that Anthony’s continued treatment might be interpreted as a positive sign, as the surgery could keep him off the court for up to three months.
Anthony played all 12 games of the Knicks postseason with the injury. It was the second-longest playoff run of his career, and he scored 25.9 points and grabbed 5.9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Knicks have always played things close to the vest when it comes to injuries. It’s just their way to basically keep the media in the dark as much as they can.
If the speculation by Frank Isola about Melo’s rehab is true, then this is very good news about Melo’s shoulder.
The one thing that everyone wanted was for Melo to not need surgery. It would have forced him to miss all of training camp and the start of the season.
The ultimate goal for the Knicks and Melo is to be 100% healthy when he is back on the court. If the Knicks want to challenge again in the Eastern Conference they must have him in the lineup.
Again this is all speculation at this point but Isola is usually on top of things when it comes to the Knicks. So it certainly looks like things are going well for Melo which for him and the team, is great news.