The New York Knicks announced on Feb. 18 that star forward Carmelo Anthony will undergo season-ending left-knee surgery. He is expected to sit out the next four to six months.
New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony is out for the rest of the 2014-15 NBA season.
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The Knicks announced on their official website on Wednesday that Anthony will undergo season-ending left-knee surgery. Team ortohpedist Dr. Answorth Allen will operate on Anthony's left knee patella tendon. The procedure includes both debridement and repair.
Knicks president Phil Jackson told The New York Daily News' Peter Botte on Feb. 18 Anthony could be out for four to six months:
"Probably, what we're finding out from the medical is on court, it could be four to six months. We can't put it at a timetable until after the surgery. But that's what they're saying. They say it can be anywhere between four to six months for Carmelo to be back on the floor."
Jackson also added the team didn't ask Anthony to undergo surgery at this point in the season just so he could start his rehabilitation earlier. The Knicks president said Anthony's decison to participate in last Sunday's NBA All-Star game before having surgery was entirely his and his alone, per The New York Daily News.
Anthony logged 30 minutes in that game and scored 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting for the East, per ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.
Nonetheless, Jackson revealed to Botte that he and Anthony had a meeting in London in January. The team's president advised his star it would be better to have the surgery sooner than later:
"We know that it was the type of surgery that is corrective obviously and that he could play on it. He could tweak it as he has a number of times this year and because of some discomfort and inability to play at times and so we felt comfortable with him playing in the All-Star Game.
"I had a meeting with him in London (last month) and we discussed the process of having the surgery sooner than later because we know that the process can take some time for rehab and getting back on the court and we wanted to be able to make a full recovery and be ready for the next coming season in the process of not only rehabbing, but re-conditioning."
Botte lists the players who have undergone the same kind of surgery Anthony will go through as the Dallas Mavericks' Amar'e Stoudemire, the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and his teammate Danny Granger.
The Knicks, who are dead last in the East with a 10-43 (.189) win-loss record through Feb. 18, are now looking forward to next season. They are looking to acquire a top-five draft pick in June and a better supporting cast with an estimated $30 million in cap space, per Botte.
Jackson voiced his disappointment over how the Knicks' season has gone in the ESPN New York update:
"I am not happy. But it is what it is. And that's what you have to accept.
"We are a little disappointed in how the outcome came. But that all being said, we would have been in this position come April 15 anyway -- season's over, we knew we were going to build."
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