The New York Knicks haven’t had the season that they certainly were hoping in the inaugural season of Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson. The tumultuous season is just starting to worsen as All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony left last night’s game with a re-aggravation in his knee.
The knee doesn’t have any structural damage, but is just one of the laundry listing of injuries Melo has faced this season. There’s been speculation out of every possible media outlet that Anthony would be shutdown for the summer season, even before last night. With All-Star weekend coming up Friday, plus located at Madison Square Garden, Melo will suit up being an Eastern Conference starter and put on a present in his hometown.
After this weekend’s game, Melo’s friends will get back to their respective playoff races, the Knicks will put Melo season on hold. The Knicks are terrible and weak Eastern Conference, with an archive of 10-42 that puts them 32.5 games back of the first place Atlanta Hawks. With Phil Jackson in charge, the Knicks is likely to be focusing on a long term plan with Carmelo Anthony as the centerpiece. Anthony going to rest up his injuries up for the duration of the summer season, and begin his best recruiting efforts because of this summer’s free agents, LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol.
The Knicks cannot afford to have Melo play through injuries in what’s a lost season, with this specific being just his first year into his $124 million contract. News from around the NBA is that after Anthony is shutdown, New York will buyout Amar’e Stoudamire and Andrea Bargnani to provide youngsters such as Langston Galloway more playing time along while giving those veterans to be able to to remain a contender.
Tom Sells Freesportspicksdaily.com writes “Wow…Melo is really being dumb with this. Do another stars really care if he plays in the all star game or not? Get the device and recruit.”