Melo still day-to-day, hopes to play in Texas; Gives Woodson vote of confidence

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Speaking to the media for the first time in a week, Carmelo Anthony said the swelling on his sprained left ankle “has gone down” and he hopes to play Thursday when the Knicks kick off a three-game Texas road trip in San Antonio.

Carmelo Anthony“Hopefully,” he said when asked if he could play Thursday. “I got [Tuesday], I got Wednesday. We’ll figure that out when Thursday comes.”

Anthony has missed three games — during which the Knicks have gone 0-3 to fall to 9-21 — but he ran on Sunday and Monday for the first time since injuring the ankle Dec. 23 against Orlando.

“Getting there, feeling a lot better,” he said, adding that he hasn’t needed any additional testing. “Each day is getting better and better. Still some things lingering but each day is getting better.”

Asked if the ankle injury was worse than he originally thought, Anthony, who had hoped to return for the Christmas Day game against Oklahoma City, said: “Yeah, it was worse than I thought. The night I sprained it, I was trying to get back in the game. I went back and taped it up. As soon as I walked out of the locker room, I couldn’t do it. Then the next day it just swelled up on me big time. It kept swelling, kept swelling so we had to get control of that first and then go from there.”

When he does return Anthony said he will “have to play with a little bit of tenderness, a little bit of pain.”

As for the Knicks’ dreadful start, Anthony doesn’t seem to have any easy answers and said “effort” continues to be an issue.

“The effort is definitely not there some days,” he said. “Or it’s there and then sometimes it’s not. We play with effort in spurts so we gotta get consistency from that standpoint.”

Anthony has said he will opt out after this season and test free agency, although he’s also on record saying he wants to retire in New York.

If the Knicks continue to lose and fail to make the playoffs, it’s unclear how much that would impact his future plans.

For now, he has no solutions to the team’s struggles.

“We can’t change [our record] at this point so we gotta…This is not how I envisioned it, this is not how we envisioned it coming into this season,” he said. “But it is what it is at this point and we can’t be crying about it. We gotta just find a solution to it. We gotta take it one game at a time and figure it out.”

Pressed for answers to the team’s problems, Anthony said: “I really don’t know what’s gonna happen. I can’t be too concerned about that. I just gotta worry about playing ball and whatever happens, happens.”

Anthony did say he backs coach Mike Woodson, who has already received a vote of confidence from owner Jim Dolan.

“Coach Woodson is a strong person, a strong-willed person,” Anthony said. “His message is definitely getting through to people, especially through to me and guys who have been here and understand the situation.

“We understand it. It’s so easy to just fold in this moment right now, so his message is very clear throughout this locker room.”


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.




49 comments
nykwtfman
nykwtfman

All the Knicks' bad general managing and mishandling came around the time when some genius decided to give Chris Dudley $28mil for 4 years and traded Ewing for Luc Longley and Glen Rice and Vin Baker was it? and all those Marbury, Francis that kept getting traded for worse contract as if all these years we were only one player away from a well deserved championship!

nykwtfman
nykwtfman

All the Knicks' bad general managing and mishandling came around the time when some genius decided to give Chris Dudley $28mil for 4 years and traded Ewing for Luc Longley and Glen Rice and vin Baker was it? and all those Marbury, Francis that kept getting traded for worse contract as if all these years we were only on player away from a well deserved championship!

Tikki
Tikki

An interesting write-up by Mike Prada on the Knicks' switch-happy defense:

http://www.sbnation.com/2013/12/30/5247416/new-york-knicks-defense-breakdown

"Consider this: Mike Woodson loudly claims the Knicks shouldn't be switching assignments, yet a rewatch of Saturday's loss in Toronto to the Raptors showed 72 attempted switches . . . the Knicks ended up with nearly a switch per possession. If Woodson really isn't endorsing that strategy, perhaps he should let his players know, because they sure don't seem to be following orders."

fasheezee
fasheezee

NFL fired a lot of coaches today. Dolan, it's your turn. Pleeeeease!

cole3244
cole3244

repeat after me, woodson can't do anything right and melo can do no wrong, that's the knicks believers mantra for success in today's nba.

rgm891
rgm891

I watched the Knicks get smoked in Atlanitc City. Lost 200 bucks in gambling. Not a good night out. Drank to all the Knicks problem. The Knicks need to get it together asap!!!! 

zebeto
zebeto

..again Melo HAS to give his vote of confidence for WOODY ...........Are we in the twilight zone !????..

...

.......Melo is the freakin GM ! ??


hashburry
hashburry

Who cares anymore what Melo or Dola or Amare or Woodson, or any one else associated with this team have to say.

Jon Quackenbush
Jon Quackenbush

I can't wait for Melo to come back so our team can go from excruciatingly bad to just plain awful.

nykwtfman
nykwtfman

@SportsMeccaNYC Because Dolan doesn't care for the Knicks as he odes for the Rangers, had it been an over the hill player coming back from major injury/surgery with a bloated contract then you'd see Dolan pull the trigger!

rgm891
rgm891

@Kojo Brown I dunno how many loses Woodson needs to be canned. Does Dolan actually wait til everyone's healthy. It's impossible because Woodson plays players who are hurt and runs them to the ground. 

rgm891
rgm891

@Tikki Mike Woodson does it again!!! Haha awesome find

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

@BiggieSmallsLol after the performances this team has given us this year, this is your pro-Woodson victory dance? 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Tikki It's about damn time. It was shameful to see him signed as a favor in the first place.

dogmanx23
dogmanx23

@zebeto He hand picked this coach. He already pushed one coach out of here. His rep can't have him pushing another coach out. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zebeto If we've learned anything is that star players normally have a say in pretty much everything going on in their teams.

Look at baby huey Dwight. He got a coaching staff and entire FO fired. Gilbert tried for years to get LBJ the players he wanted. The list goes on.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho Beautiful. Strange how it coincides with AB's minutes decreasing as of late.

Wouldn't be surprised to see small stretches of a Melo/Tyler/Chandler frontcourt for rebounding and defensive purposes.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@hashburry Nobody cares what Amare has to say, or Woodson for that matter.

Melo is the franchise, and Dolan's word is what dictates the team's future.

You should care.

zebeto
zebeto

@hashburry..Melo has this franchise by the balls ........dude has become the GM and PR rep.

nykwtfman
nykwtfman

@Sandro Guedes@SportsMeccaNYC Only in the Bizarro world! Never with the Knicks.  The thing is that when we free up a bunch of money again in 2015, they'll find a way to screw it up again or screw it up before by trading for bigger and worse contracts for bum has been type of players!

Tikki
Tikki

@Sandro Guedes @SportsMeccaNYC Even if the Knicks didn't amnesty Amar'e, I think even just CP3, Carmelo, and Center by committee would've still provided a competitive team in the East.

Tikki
Tikki

@BiggieSmalls What's the joke?  Chris Smith wasn't an NBA player, but he ended up on the Knicks' roster with guaranteed money for the year.  Mission accomplished.  Is it that big a deal? Maybe not.  But the Knicks' culture of nepotism seems pretty evident.

therealprof
therealprof

@SportsMeccaNYC @SheSaidSpikeWho I absolutely do not agree that the Bucks have 3 good point guards. One cannot gauge how "good" a PG is by their performance against the Knicks. EVERY PG IN THE LEAGUE goes off against the Knicks, every night. Nate Wolters is not good today. Luke Ridnour is not good today and has no future. Brandon Knight is pretty OK at best. All worse than Lowry, easy. None of those guys would be good enough to make a meaningful difference on the Knicks.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

If Melo is the PR rep, the knicks are in trouble. I like melo but public relations...just not his thing. Lol

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho@MeloStat301@BiggieSmalls That maybe so, but is that is true, than we have another issue with this team.  Guys need to go to work and produce...the only people it should effect are the guys that were cut before smith, diogu,powell,cdr..ect.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@MeloStat301 @SheSaidSpikeWho @BiggieSmalls I'm not even talking about the money. The principle, what it says about the Knicks' organization, and the possible affect it has on teammates. JR prob looks untouchable. That can create contempt. 


And you're right...he's gone. Thank goodness.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho@MeloStat301@BiggieSmalls Not my money, I don't care it didn't effect the team at all.  I agree powell, or diogu should've made the team maybe even CDR over him, but this isn't the end of the world, hes cut, hes gone, its over..bring tyler in!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@dogmanx23@MeloStat301@SheSaidSpikeWho@BiggieSmalls No sir, it was guaranteed this season, if he would have stayed the season on the tem, and make it to august, his salary for next year would be guaranteed as well.  Essentially he could have stayed on the roister the whole year until august get paid for next year than the knicks could have cut him then in august 2014 with chris getting his money for next year but not on the team.  CAA is doing partial handouts I guess??

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@SheSaidSpikeWho@MeloStat301@BiggieSmalls But he could've remained on the roster until august where he would have gotten more cash.  Some knew smith would be on the roster until Tyler was ready, and that is what happened.  The conspiracy theorists though he would play the season on the knicks and crack the rotation.


He didn't deserve to be here, but it is what it is.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@BiggieSmalls I've said this before: remember JR's comments about Lin's "ridiculous" contract and how that would affect the locker room bc there are guys who have played 9 yrs and will never see that money? Everyone said, "he's right...that could mess up the locker room..."


Look how hard these players have worked to be good enough to make it to the NBA whether through draft, overseas, d league, etc. This guy makes the team because of his brother and his agency. Just because guys don't speak up about it (that would be stupid) doesn't mean it doesn't bother them. 

Tikki
Tikki

@BiggieSmalls ? I just said you CAN deride my comments!!! By all means, chief.

Tikki
Tikki

@BiggieSmalls You can deride my comments however you like; it's just an opinion shared by many.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@BiggieSmalls He played one minute. Does that mean his presence didn't have an affect on the other players? Believe me when I say that those things DO have an affect. 

Tikki
Tikki

@BiggieSmalls Would Carmelo leave if he realizes the organization can't do as he requests (deliver another star player to play alongside him)?