Carmelo Anthony only made it one and a half games after missing the previous 3 with a sore/stiff right knee before having to shut himself down again. In his short-lived return, he did not look like himself, shooting a combined 7-27, including 0-7 from three. After a third quarter exit in the blowout loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday night, Anthony flew back to NY to reportedly have his knee drained and “get to the bottom” of the lingering issue.
On Monday, before returning to play against Golden State, Michael Wilbon and David Aldridge told Tony Kornheiser on his ESPN radio show that they had heard the knee injury was worse than the Knicks were letting on. Prior to leaving for NY, Anthony told reporters he was “naive” for attempting to play through it and convincing himself he was okay. On Thursday, coach Woodson relayed that he was “worried” about his injured superstar to Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Rucco on ESPN radio.
According to ESPN NY:
“When a key guy goes down that’s a big piece, a major piece to your puzzle, sure you’ve got to worry,” Woodson said Thursday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “There’s no doubt I’m worried. There’s no doubt that I’m worried about Carmelo.