After losing 11 straight games and having won only five games all season long, the New York Knicks and rookie head coach, Derek Fisher, might have something else to worry about. Their star player, Carmelo Anthony, who’s already missed two straight games with a sore left knee, could miss the whole week of games.
"We're kind of looking at this next week or so being a heavy stretch, and probably will be best for him not to go," Fisher told ESPN.com.
The Knicks are in a current stretch where they are playing five games in seven days. They lost to the Bucks Sunday, and have four games this week, including road games in Memphis and Washington. Reports said that Anthony would make the trips with the team this week, but it is unclear whether he will play or not.
The season has been a big disappointment for the Knicks, as they have only won one game in their last 22 tries; their last win came Dec. 12 against the Boston Celtics. Anthony is averaging 23.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, but it’s been the supporting cast who hasn’t contributed much to the Knicks. Amare Stoudemire, who’s averaging 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, can’t believe how bad the season is going.
"It's beyond my imagination at this point," Stoudemire said. "I never thought I'd see this ... This is definitely kind of mind-boggling."
Despite the Knicks’ 5-31 record, Fisher said that shutting down Anthony is not an option, just yet.
"From the conversations I've been a part of, I think everybody is smart enough to realize, calendar-wise, timing-wise, that there may come a point that that's the decision that needs to be made," Fisher said. "But [we realize] that we can't force Carmelo to that point just yet."
For now, the Knicks play in Memphis tonight and, although Anthony hasn’t officially been ruled out, Stoudemire will not make the trip to Memphis or to Washington Wednesday.