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Carmelo Anthony to have surgery, out rest of season

Carmelo Anthony to have surgery, out rest of season

Carmelo Anthony is done for the season. Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the New York Knicks forward has decided to have surgery on his ailing left knee. The procedure is a knee debridement, which will remove dead, damaged, or infected tissue that is causing pain and discomfort and will improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.635598592890801948-USP-NBA-ALL-STAR-GAME-70849475

Anthony, the 30-year-old who has averaged 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 40 games this season, has been playing through pain for quite some time. His absence is of little to no consequence for the Knicks (10-43) considering their plight, as they are now headed for the draft lottery and the prospect of landing some of the best top talent in the draft this June.

Anthony, who never played less than 79% of his team’s games in a season, has been playing with a bad knee most of the season. He has missed 13 games – all Knicks losses – and sat out two weeks in early January. Give Anthony credit for gutting it out amid a horrible season. He’s averaging 35.7 minutes, 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

It has been a disastrous season for a team that had playoff hopes at the beginning of the season under first-year coach Derek Fisher and first-year President Phil Jackson. New York is last in the Eastern Conference with the worst record in the league.