Carmelo Anthony fought through the 2013-14 season, played 77 games, and nearly lifted the Knicks to a spot in the postseason. Unfortunately New York’s leading scorer will not make it to the finish line as he received clarity on a troublesome shoulder injury that he suffered in a win over Brooklyn on April 2.
“Obviously, he knew it was bothering him when he hurt it two weeks ago but he hung in with us trying to make this last push to get in the playoffs,” head coach Mike Woodson confirmed.
According to NY_KnicksPR, Anthony underwent an MRI, which revealed a small tear to his labrum. Surgery is not required at this time but he will re-evaluated in about month and missed last night’s contest in Brooklyn and will not suit up for the season finale against the Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
“He wants to play, he wants to be out here with us and finish up and I think he is very unsatisfied, which he should be. It’s disappointing, I mean his injury, there’s nothing you can really do, it’s part of the game,” J.R. Smith commented in the Knicks locker room after a win over the Nets.
After capturing the league’s scoring crown last season, Anthony will finish second in points per game behind Kevin Durant and he averaged a career-high in rebounds at 8.1 while registering 22 double-doubles in his 11th NBA Season.