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Carmelo Anthony | Forward

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 240
College: Syracuse
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Phil Jackson defended Carmelo Anthony's performance this season by saying that he was playing "on one leg."
"He’s a guy we want something like he was three years ago,’’ Jackson said. "This season, he played like on one leg, it seemed to me. Even from the start, it looked like he was favoring that leg. I hope he moves on from that because he’s the leader of this team and has to be that.’’ Anthony played through a partial torn patellar tendon in his left knee this season, so it's understandable why he struggled so much. The good news is that he is reportedly progressing well, and the Knicks are hoping that he will be able to start training in June. As always, we will continue to track his progress every step of the way. Mar 14 - 9:29 AM

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Phil Jackson said that the Knicks are hopeful Carmelo Anthony can begin training in June.

Carmelo's initial timetable was set at 4-6 months in February, so it sounds like Phil is hopeful Melo will be able to meet the early end of that timetable. We'll continue to track Carmelo's progress every step of the way, and although it's early, all signs are pointing towards Anthony being ready to go by next season.
Mar 12 - 5:08 PM

Carmelo Anthony played through "most of last season with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon," according to the New York Post.

If true, that means Melo was re-signed to a max deal with the Knicks very much aware of the knee condition. It doesn't really much matter at this point with Anthony having undergone surgery and is now out for the season, but it would help to explain a few things. All indications are Anthony will be fine for next season, but we'll have a better idea of his healing process after the next few months.
Feb 23 - 9:37 AM

Carmelo Anthony had a successful left knee patella tendon debridement and repair surgery on Thursday.

His season is officially over and he'll be re-evalulated in eight weeks. Anthony is expected to need 4-6 months to recover and he should be ready to go next season. Although, his durability isn't quite as reliable these days. With Melo out, the Knicks are going to have a tough time finding some scoring on the wing. Most owners can just see how it plays out with the exception of adding Jason Smith.
Feb 19 - 12:33 PM

Phil Jackson’s possible 4-6 month timetable for Carmelo Anthony (knee) seems like a worst-case scenario, according to leading orthopedic surgeon Wellington K. Hsu.

The Knicks could be expecting other damage to his knee during or after the surgery. "Something more could be needed to be done like meniscus cartilage," Hsu said. "The primary problem is the patellar tendon, but more procedures would prolong recovery, more time would be needed for full range of motion." Anthony will be re-evaluated after eight weeks.
Feb 19 - 10:06 AM

The Knicks confirmed on Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony will have a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair later this week.

It will end his season and he is expected to need 4-6 months to recover. Anthony should be ready to roll for training camp in October. His fantasy owners can keep him on their roster until he has the surgery, in case they're a little worried for scenario like LaMarcus Aldridge, who changed his mind about having surgery. With Melo out, the Knicks are going to need Jason Smith to do more on offense. Meanwhile, somehow Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cleanthony Early will have to play better. Smith is really the only guy worth owning in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 18 - 3:10 PM

Carmelo Anthony will opt to have surgery on his knee and will not play for the remainder of the season according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The time has finally come. The Knicks are expected to formally announce their decision on Wednesday afternoon, and it's now officially safe for owners in all leagues to move on. The Knicks were going absolutely nowhere this season, so it makes sense for them to err on the side of caution. Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway will all see increased opportunities without Melo in the lineup, while the Knicks may also decide to give rookie Cleanthony Early an extensive look as well. With Melo opting to have surgery now, it will allow him ample to time to recover in time for training camp next season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points with two 3-pointers, seven boards, one steal and one block in 30 minutes on Sunday, playing through a sore knee that may shut him down after the break.

His teammates looked for him all game, trying to get him going in front of the New York crowd, but Melo was cold and finished 6-of-20 from the field including a 2-of-13 mark from downtown. He hasn't confirmed that he'll shut it down in the near future, but last week he told ESPN that it was a "very likely" scenario, and owners should prepare to be without him for fantasy playoffs. For now, at least, it appears he'll be in uniform vs. the Heat on Friday.
Feb 15 - 11:25 PM

Carmelo Anthony will play in the All-Star game on Sunday night despite concerns over his knee.

Melo went through a light practice on Saturday and said that his knee didn't give him any problems, but also added that he didn't push it too hard either. He is reportedly still undecided on whether or not he will shut it down after the All-Star break, but his owners should be preparing for the worst. When he does eventually hang it up, more opportunities will fall to guys like Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Lance Thomas, while rookie Cleanthony Early could see some run as well. We will continue to pass along any information regarding Melo so stay tuned for updates.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Carmelo Anthony said he is still undecided on whether or not he will shut it down following the All-Star break.

"My mindset is, if [surgery] is something I have to get done, then I'm going to do that," said Anthony. Well, he does need surgery, so now it's just a matter of how long he can delay it. Perhaps Melo does suit up for a handful of games after the All-Star break, but all signs are pointing towards an eventual shut down. It simply does not make sense for Anthony to risk a long-term injury playing for a team that is trying to lose, and at this point, it's too late for owners to move him in a competitive league. Unfortunately, until things are official, he presents too much upside to drop in most leagues.
Feb 13 - 12:29 PM

Carmelo Anthony stated during a recent interview that "the onus is on the front office" to start building a championship contender.

"As players, the only thing we can do is go out and try to compete on a nightly basis and try to get wins and try to get better," said Anthony. "But I think the onus is on the front office, and they've got a task ahead of them to start building for now and for the future." When Melo was asked about the current prospects the Knicks have he mentioned Tim Hardaway Jr., but was unsure of the rest of the scrubs on the roster. Phil Jackson indeed has plenty of work to do.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 11:33 AM

Carmelo Anthony told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he is "very likely" to shut down after the All-Star Game.

It would appear Melo is going to succumb to the reported pressure to shut down this season. He had some knee soreness on Monday and was in visible pain. He didn't surpass any of his season averages from last year in the major stat categories and had an identical 32.4 usage rate. His fantasy owners can consider cutting him, but it makes more sense for this news to solidify first. Meanwhile, nobody wants to step up for the Knicks on the wing. Tim Hardaway Jr. has made just 37.0 percent from the field for 12.6 points per game in his six starts at small forward. Langston Galloway has been awful in his last seven, making just 28.9 percent from the field while his assists fell to 2.9 per game with little else. Lance Thomas missed Wednesday and did have a couple bright spots, but it's hard to count on a 26-year-old forward who hasn't done much in his career before this season. Maybe Cleanthony Early steps up.
Source: ESPN Radio
Feb 12 - 2:49 PM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) expects to play in the NBA All-Star Game.

Anthony is determined to suit up for the weekend festivities that will be hosted at Madison Square Garden and said he'll play barring a setback. "As of now I'll be there, I'll be at the game," Anthony said. "I'll probably participate in the game -- unless something happens over the course of me rehabbing it in the next couple of days." This is a bit of a surprise with all the talk of Carmelo shutting it down, but his fantasy owners may want to use this news as a way to unload the Knicks' star.
Source: Newsday
Feb 12 - 10:54 AM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) and Lance Thomas will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

There is a lot of talk of Carmelo shutting it down and he could have surgery at a moment's notice. Those are the two top small forwards on the Knicks right now, so the Knicks may have to use Tim Hardaway Jr. a little more than they thought tonight. Melo's fantasy owners should just stash him for now and trade him for basically anything they can.
Feb 11 - 5:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) is still really sore and is considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Magic according to head coach Derek Fisher.

Anthony is still strongly considering surgery in the near future, and it's hard to imagine the Knicks risking his health in what has been a lost season. It's probably too late in the game for his owners to get anything back in a trade for him, so his days of elite fantasy value are numbered. If Anthony sits on Wednesday, expect Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway to benefit the most.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Shane Larkin
SG1Langston Galloway
2Tim Hardaway Jr.
3Ricky Ledo
4Alexey Shved
SF1Lance Thomas
2Cleanthony Early
3Carmelo Anthony
PF1Travis Wear
2Quincy Acy
3Andrea Bargnani
C1Jason Smith
2Louis Amundson
3Cole Aldrich