The New York Knicks have hit a rough stretch of the season that has seen them fall out of the playoff picture entirely. There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to their struggles. In light of that, Carmelo Anthony recently revealed that he’s dealing with an extremely bothersome shoulder injury.
“It’s bad,” Anthony told the News after Friday’s victory over the Bucks, when the forward nearly put up a triple-double and hit the go-ahead basket in the final minute. “You know what it is, it’s an adjustment that you have to make on the fly. Like some days it feels good, some days it’s tight. Throughout the course of the game, certain shots, certain moves, you feel like the strength isn’t there. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to play through it. What’s working? What’s not?
“It feels good during the game. And then you irritate it. And then you kind of have to work backwards again to get it back stronger. But I’m constant around-the-clock treatment.”
The fact that Anthony is dealing with it on a nightly basis should speak to the severity of it. This is something that could force him to end his season if things worsen or the team falls further out of the playoff picture. One way or another, Anthony may see his season cut short due to injury.
Despite this latest ailment, Anthony is still able to average 22.1 points per game. However, the Knicks bigger concerns lie with the team trending in the wrong direction after an offseason where they added veteran firepower in Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, and Joakim Noah. If New York’s struggles persist, Anthony’s season could come to an end much sooner than expected.