Carmelo Anthony’s elbow looks, feels good. Finally.

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Carmelo Anthony played through an inflamed elbow — officially chronic bursitis — during the end of last season and through the playoffs. It showed as ‘Melo shot just 37.5 percent in the Knicks one playoff series, well off the 46.4 percent he shot for the Nuggets the previous playoff run.

That elbow kept him from working out or playing in too many games this summer.

Then he showed up to play for the Melo League in its showdown with the Goodman League in Baltimore. And he looked good, dropping in either 27 or 36 points, depending on whose scorekeeping you wish to listen to (the official scorekeeping at these pro-am games borders on nonexistent). Either way, he looked healthy and told that to the New York Post.

“I’m back like I never missed a game,” the Knicks star said last night….

“This is my first time coming out and actually playing [this summer],” Anthony said. “I wanted to bring LeBron out here to actually enjoy the atmosphere . . . there’s nothing like it.”

If he’s back healthy, that is a big thing for the Knicks offense as they head into next season (whenever that is). He with Amar’e Stoudemire provides a wicked amount of firepower and create serious matchup issues.

The bigger question for the Knicks success, however, is how Mike Woodson gets ‘Melo and teammates to play defense.

‘Melo has been undergoing elbow rehab since season ended


Carmelo Anthony has a case of elbow bursitis — a condition that flared up with the Nuggets before the trade and apparently was an issue during the playoffs — and has been receiving treatment at the Knicks facilities since the season ended, the New York Post reports.

If he were playing it could impact the follow through on his shots (the Post quotes Anthony saying it did at times during the season at points). He wore a sleeve on his elbow because of it. But in the offseason it’s just a one of a long list of nagging injuries players let heal.

It’s not that big a deal, except that his supervised treatments are about to end because of the lockout. Any player getting treatment (most doing rehab post surgery) will have to do it on their own now, without the team physician and trainers guiding them.

Elbow bursitis is an inflammation of the little sack of fluid that allows the skin on your elbow to easily slide over the bone. It likely got inflamed because of a hard blow to the elbow (which could happen any number of ways during a game). The treatment is really just rest, keeping pressure off the elbow and anti-inflammatory medications (unless he wanted to undergo surgery, which he likely does not).

This is not a serious condition, but it has limited his offseason workouts, according to the Post.