At this point, the New York Knicks are hoping that the tear in small forward Carmelo Anthony’s shoulder is able to heal on its own, without requiring surgery. If Anthony does eventually need to go under the knife, the procedure could sideline him for the start of the regular season, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York.
The Knicks currently plan to have Anthony rest for the next few weeks, providing the injured shoulder with what they hope to be enough time to heal on its own. For this reason, if surgery is ultimately deemed necessary it likely wouldn’t take place until late June.
Begley spoke with an orthopedic surgeon who estimated that Anthony would then need up to four months to recover from the surgery. This would take the All-Star through late October, and after that he would require at least several days – if not weeks – of practice to get himself game-ready.
"It depends on the exact diagnosis, but it's possible that the rehab could take four months," said Roth, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and the tending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital. "But I would still expect him to see significant improvements in his shoulder in the early portion of the season as he continues to strengthen it."Follow @hoopsinjurynews