An MRI on Wednesday revealed that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his left shoulder. The 28-year-old reportedly suffered the injury – classified as a torn labrum – late in the regular season and decided to play through it.
The Knicks are hoping Anthony can avoid surgery on the injured shoulder. The team plans to allow the league’s reigning scoring champion to rest for three to four weeks before making a determination on what to do about the injury. If it is not healed at that point in time, surgery will be considered.
Anthony has said he suffered the injury on April 14 against the Indiana Pacers, and that it hampered him throughout the postseason. The six-time All-Star also claimed the shoulder would pop in and out after Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett tugged on his arm during the teams’ first-round playoff series.
Anthony shot 40.6 percent from the floor in 12 postseason games. He averaged 28.8 points in 40.1 minutes per game, but also shot just 29.8 percent from three-point range.
Dr. Neil Roth, an orthopedic surgeon at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, said the injury could sideline Anthony for up to four months. Roth specializes in sports medicine, but has not treated Anthony.
The Knicks and Anthony have to be praying surgery isn’t necessary. If it is, his recovery could last into the early part of the 2013-14 regular season.
Anthony turned in one of the best seasons in his professional career during the 2012-13 campaign. He averaged 28.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists and 37.0 minutes per game in 67 contests.