Carmelo Anthony just signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks and he’s a prideful player, he wants to show he’s worth it.
Also, Anthony is currently (and likely will remain) voted in a starter for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game — which takes place on the Knicks’ home court of Madison Square Garden. He wants to represent.
Which are two good reasons Carmelo Anthony, while clearly still bothered by his knee, is not about to shut it down for a while. He used different reasons but essentially told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN he’s not going anywhere (in the same article where he defended Derek Fisher as the team’s coach).
“It’s tough. Some days you’re able to do some things, some days you’re not,” Anthony said. “Some days it’s tough to even run around and cut and jump. And then other days I come in and I don’t really feel it. I’m playing because I love to play and I want to play. I know what I can tolerate and what I can’t tolerate. The games I feel like I can’t tolerate it, I’m not going to play.”
Anthony has been honest before, saying he wants to make it to the All-Star Game without taking an extended period off, but he’s not sure he can make it. He also sees surgery as a last resort.
I expect going for the next six weeks Fisher will try to get Anthony more rest — in games and on off days — to try and keep him going. Anthony will play through some pain and do his part.
But don’t be shocked if right after the All-Star Game — if not before — he does shut it down. Likely for the season.
That will hurt the Knicks on the court, but then they are already hurting having lost nine in a row and 19-of-20. If they were going to be terrible this is a good season, this is the one year they own their first-round pick outright (league rules prevented James Dolan from trading everything away).