Carmelo Anthony considering shutting down because of knee injury

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Carmelo Anthony has been plagued by soreness in his left knee recently. He’s questionable tonight against the Chicago Bulls, and he’s at least given some thought to just sitting out the rest of the year. That’s what his people are telling him to do, and he isn’t ruling it out.

From to NorthJersey.com’s Steve Popper:

“I’ve had multiple people say kind of, just shut it down or just take time off,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day it’s hard for me to just do that right now with what’s happening with the team. So I’m just trying to be smart about it.”

“We’ve got a lot of guys banged up,” Fisher said. “Amar’e (Stoudemire) will probably (rest), we’ll choose to kind of give him a space to get some recovery in tonight with back-to-back afternoon games coming up on Saturday and Sunday. So that’ll change our lineup in the front court. And Melo still has some soreness from Tuesday night and it’s kind of catching up with him, so we’ll see with him. I think he’s questionable but still possible.”

It wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. The Knicks are 5-22 and it doesn’t look like their season is going to turn around anytime soon. A quarter of the way through the season, they’re already all but out of the playoff race. The only thing they have left to play for is a high pick in 2015’s draft, which could be easily accomplished if Melo sits out. The Knicks also just signed him to a five-year, $122 million contract over the summer, and further injuring himself during what has already essentially become a lost year would be unwise.