Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony May Require Off-Season Surgery
The New York Knicks season came to an end recently with the Indiana Pacers proving to be the better team in their seven-game playoff series in the second round. Although the Knicks were favored to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in Las Vegas odds, Paul George and company proved to be too much to handle for the Knicks and as a result have advanced to face the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in the next round.
With the Knicks headed into the NBA off-season early than anticipated, New York will have a lot of decisions to make in terms of which players will be coming and going. The core of the team including Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith will be coming back, but all the intangibles are up in the air with a lot of possibilities in free agency.
Along with the team deciding the fate of certain players on the team, another major issue may arise in the off-season with Anthony potentially set to have surgery on his shoulder. Anthony’s shoulder was bothering him ever since the first round playoff series against the division rival Boston Celtics, but continued to play through the injury and now has discovered that he has in fact torn the labrum in his left shoulder.
The recovery time for a surgery on a torn labrum can be extensive potentially resulting in keeping Anthony out for months in order to heal. It remains to be seen whether or not Anthony will actually require the surgery, but it remains a distinct possibility as of right now.
With Anthony possibly out for month the Las Vegas odds for the Knicks heading into next season will likely not be favorable for the storied NBA franchise. Although New York will still be a force to be reckoned with, this team goes as Anthony does.