New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony played the final month of last season with a partially torn left shoulder. The ailment caused Anthony discomfort into the postseason, but once the 12-13 campaign ended he said he was hoping to avoid surgery. Anthony recently reiterated this stance to Frank Isola of The New York Daily News, saying that he still doesn’t believe surgery will be needed.
“I took one MRI a couple months ago and it was healing back in place,” he said. “So that was the decision — should I get surgery or should I not? I’m not really a big fan of surgical procedures. At the end of the day it was my body, and if I felt as though I needed to go get surgery I was going to get surgery. But at that point I was hoping up until that first MRI that I didn’t need surgery and the Almighty man was with me.”
While surgery can put you down for an extended period of time, cases of re-injury or lingering ailments are often less frequent when you go under the knife to resolve the issue. While Anthony should be ready for the start of training camp, there will be concern surrounding his shoulder once contact resumes.
While New York re-signed J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni and acquired Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace, they will still depend on Anthony to be their leader. If he’s not healthy, New York is going to have a tough time doing anything of much significance in the East.