New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony told ESPN in an interview that he is “very likely” going to sit out the rest of the year after the all-star game.
"It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony said. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it."
Anthony, who has suffered from knee soreness all season long, aggravated his injury Monday, forcing him to sit out Wednesday’s game against the Magic. Despite thinking about shutting it down for the season, Anthony plans on playing in the All-Star game Sunday, to thank the fans for voting him in.
"Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave," Anthony said. "I don't think the fans deserve [seeing me miss the game]. They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game."
The Knicks own the worst record in the NBA at 10-43, and Anthony believes that having any necessary surgical procedures would be more beneficial now, than in the offseason.
"That's why if anything was to get done, I want to get it done right away so I'm not taking time and missing training camp and things like that," Anthony said. "When I come back to training camp, I want to be sharp."
If Anthony does decide to shut it down, saying the Knicks are going to miss him is an understatement. With Anthony in the lineup, the Knicks are 10-30 this season, averaging 94.3 points per game. Without him? They are 0-13 and averaging 87.2 points per game.