Carmelo Anthony F NY 2 weeks ago

Anthony (knee) is progressing in his rehab from left knee surgery, and Knicks president Phil Jackson said the forward "looks great," Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports.

Anthony underwent surgery in February, and the team initially stated that they hoped to have him back on the court by June. Anthony has been going through shooting drills, and while he's yet to be cleared for full contact, the Knicks are "happy with where he's at" in his recovery. With a few months before the start of training camp, Anthony's availability should not be in question.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 3 weeks ago

Anthony (knee) says his rehab following surgery on his left knee is ahead of schedule, Ian Begley of ESPN reports. "I'm doing extremely well," Anthony said. "Rehab is going very, very well. I'm actually ahead of schedule (compared) to where everybody predicted I would be at this point in time."

This is great news for the Knicks, as last season showed how much New York struggles without Anthony in the rotation. The eight-time All-Star has not yet scrimmaged with the team, but he has been able to put shots up. Should Anthony, as expected, enter the 2015-16 season healthy, he will be at the center of the Knicks' rebuilding plan. He likely won't be alone, as New York also has the No. 4 overall pick in this coming draft and around $27 million in cap room to spend this offseason.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 2 months ago

Anthony played just 40 games before undergoing season-ending knee surgery, finishing the 2014-15 NBA campaign with averages of 24.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game.

Anthony's initial season of his five-year, $125 million contract signed last summer can only be classified as a disappointment for he and the Knicks. To his credit, Anthony played most of the campaign with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon, before shutting down his season following New York's hosting of this year's All Star Game. At that time, Anthony underwent a procedure to repair his torn knee, an operation that coincides with a four-to-six month recovery timetable. As a result, Anthony should be fine by the start of training camp, when he'll likely be joined by a plethora of new Knicks teammates. Still, when available this season, Anthony's production experienced a dip in most categories, as he adjusted to coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense. In that system, Anthony returned to primarily playing small forward, which contributed toward his drop from 8.1 rebounds last year to 6.6 this term. Additionally, with emphasis placed on opening mid-range shooting opportunities, Anthony's 1.5 three-pointers per game was his lowest since the 2011-12 campaign, with his scoring average of 24.2 also his lowest since then. However, while Anthony was often forced to carry a cast of offensively inept teammates, he still would have finished fourth in scoring, had his average maintained itself over the course of this season. Putting the ball in the basket is undoubtedly Anthony's calling card in fantasy leagues and that should remain true next season, when the 30-year-old figures to be drafted in the first couple rounds in most formats.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 4 months ago

Anthony (knee) is coming along well following last month's surgery, and he could be back on the court in June, Newsday's Al Iannazzone reports.

This is just a bookkeeping note, as Anthony is out for the season, and his status for 2015-16 was never in doubt.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 4 months ago5 Comments

Anthony (knee) is expected to undergo surgery in the near future, which will rule him out for the rest of the season, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.As expected, Anthony will opt for surgery on the knee that's been bothering him since the second week of the season. He prolonged surgery to participate in this past weekend's All-Star festivities, but with the Knicks well out of contention and jockeying for draft position, there's little incentive for the forward to take the court. While the team is yet make an official statement, an announcement is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 5 months ago

Anthony (knee) intends to take the court during Sunday's All-Star game, ESPN New York reports.Anthony has endured discomfort in his left knee since early December, and season-ending surgery is all but assured at some point after the break. No matter, he continued to gut out the injury after a six-game absence to begin January, logging at least 32 minutes in eight of 10 appearances in the interim. Three DNPs have been interspersed throughout that span of games, but since he's expected to take his spot in the East's starting five Sunday in front of his hometown crowd, it shouldn't surprise of coach Mike Budenholzer affords Anthony significant run in what will likely be his final outing of the current campaign.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 5 months ago1 Comment

Anthony (knee) said "it's very likely" that he'll undergo surgery after the All-Star break and be shut down for the rest of the season, Newsday reports.Anthony has been battling knee issues for most of the season, but he hasn't been shy in expressing his desire to play in the All-Star Game on Sunday in New York. With the Knicks well out of contention in the lowly East, Anthony has little incentive to play through pain in the second half, especially considering the risk it could pose in terms of long-term damage. "Now I got to start thinking about the future," Anthony said. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team, and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and just see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it." The Knicks have not revealed the exact nature of Anthony's injury, but the forward clarified that it's a tendon issue. If he undergoes surgery, as expected, he'll be sidelined for roughly two months. While that timetable would keep him out for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign, he would be ready well before the start of the 2015-16 season.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 5 months ago

Anthony (knee) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, Steve Popper of The Record reports.Anthony left Monday's game in the fourth quarter due to soreness in the ailing knee he's been battling for most of the season. A shutdown seems inevitable, though Anthony apparently still plans to play in Sunday's All-Star Game in New York City. After the break is when talks of the shutdown will likely intensify, so Anthony's status will be one of the primary storylines to monitor over the next few weeks.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 5 months ago

Anthony (knee) is considered doubtful to play Wednesday against the Magic.Coach Derek Fisher indicated Anthony was still experiencing some soreness with his knee after logging 32 minutes Monday against the Heat before departing. Anthony's knee has been bothersome throughout the season, with the forward suggesting after Monday's game that he was close to shutting himself down the rest of the way. Anthony still has designs of playing in Sunday's All-Star Game, but even that could be nixed if this latest bout with soreness proves troublesome. Fantasy owners should look to trade Anthony at any opportunity that presents itself, as it's very possible he has played his final game of the season.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 5 months ago

Anthony (knee) admitted to Newsday after Monday's game that he is getting closer to shutting himself down for the season. "It's little things that I'm doing out there on the court, I'm restricted, or I'm not getting that power or that bounce," he said. "To do something like I did tonight, I'm getting closer to that point."Reports came out over a month ago that quoted president Phil Jackson saying that Anthony was esentially still only playing this season so that he could play in the Knicks' game in London on Jan. 15 and then the All-Star Game this coming Sunday on Feb. 15. Anthony might play Wednesday against the Magic, and it's a near-certainty that he'll be wearing bells for the All-Star Game, but after that, all bets are off for Anthony's fantasy value this season. If he's on your team, try to trade him before the All-Star Game on Sunday. Otherwise, you might be left holding the empty shell that once was Anthony's fantasy value.