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February 18, 2015 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

The New York Knicks will officially rule out forward Carmelo Anthony for the rest of the season later Wednesday, according to sources. Anthony will undergo surgery on his left knee in the near future, according to sources. The Knicks' leading scorer and franchise player has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months. Despite the injury, Anthony logged 30 minutes in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting from the floor. Prior to the All-Star Game he said that it was "very likely" he would shut it down after the break. ESPN.com

February 16, 2015 Updates

But Aldridge smiled when the grind of, ‘Are you coming to New York?’ queries was mentioned. “You know it is coming when you come here, but really, it wasn’t too bad,” Aldridge told Sporting News. “I didn’t get hit with it too much. It was off and on, but it wasn’t too bad and I’m used to it by now. I am not in free agency so there isn’t much to say.” Aldridge also said he was not really recruited all that much by players employed by teams with cap space this summer—and yes, that includes Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. "Maybe I'm not good enough," Aldridge said with a smile. Sporting News

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony barely had any time to decompress after a busy All-Star Weekend before he was thrust back into reality with the news that his teammate and friend Amar'e Stoudemire agreed to a buyout with the team and became a free agent. "My reaction when I first heard [about the buyout], which was maybe ten minutes ago, it was hard for me to believe, I thought they were lying about it," Anthony said after scoring 14 points to go with 7 rebounds for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game. "Knowing that I'm losing a friend, a teammate, a guy who I wanted to come to the city and play with. One of the main reasons why I'm a New York Knick today was because of him. To see him leave, to see the situation and where he's at right now, I know what he wants, and you have to respect that. As an athlete, as a competitor you only want the best for your friends." Newark Star-Ledger

"I wasn't expecting to play that many minutes," Anthony admitted after the game. "It was just one of those things. Coach asked me do I want to get out there and play, and just being here in New York and seeing the guys out there having fun, knowing I couldn't be myself out there, I still wanted to be part of the game, part of the guys, and just -- it's here in New York. So I wanted to kind of just try to take advantage of that moment and this moment." CBSSports.com

February 15, 2015 Updates

Anthony said he is not pitching New York as a free agent destination to any of his All-Star teammates despite the fact the Knicks have money to sign a player to a maximum contract. He is using his role as the unofficial mayor of the All-Star Game to enjoy the experience and nothing more. The season hasn’t been an enjoyable one for the Knicks. “I’m not recruiting, I don’t think that’s the time or place right now for that,” he said. “My role is to continue to be the leader of this team. Hopefully we build a team around that and we create something in New York that everybody’s been looking forward to for many, many years. I’m excited about that. Right now it’s hard to look at that picture when you’re [struggling].” Boston Globe

“He’s jealous of me?’’ Anthony said mockingly. “Don’t start nothing with that.’’ In December, James spent a night off in New York to sit courtside at the Garden, supporting Anthony. “I’ve been able to be alongside him, play with him time in and time out,’’ Anthony said. “We go back all the way to high school when we played in the USA youth basketball games in high school and I was at Oak Hill [Academy in Virginia], he was at St. [Vincent’s]. I’m pretty sure he’d love to play in New York. I mean, nobody would say they don’t want to play in New York. How could you not want to play in this city and in this building?’’ New York Post

J.R. Smith knows what it is like to play thought pain in his knee the way Carmelo Anthony is trying to ride out this horrid Knicks season. And Smith has some advice for his former teammate. “At this point I think he should shut it down,” Smith told The Post Saturday while attending the Nickelodeon Sports “Little Ballers” screening at Chelsea Piers. “There’s nothing he can really physically do. I think right now he can be more of a motivator for the younger guys, telling them what they should be looking forward to and getting them used to playing with him next year.” New York Post

They are not doctors, don’t play ones on TV, but two of the greatest Knicks ever, “The Captain” Willis Reed and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, know something about injuries and rehab. Though both said Saturday they cannot speak to the extent of Carmelo Anthony’s bum knee, both were in agreement on one point if surgery is needed: Do it now. “I don’t know how severe it is, but if he’s going to need an operation, he should have it now,” Frazier said while signing autographs at a Steiner Sports Pop Up Shop for All-Star Weekend in Midtown. “No need in hanging around or messing around. Just have it and have that much more time to recuperate.” New York Post

February 14, 2015 Updates

J.R. Smith knows what it is like to play thought pain in his knee the way Carmelo Anthony is trying to ride out this horrid Knicks season. And Smith has some advice for his former teammate. “At this point I think he should shut it down,” Smith told The Post Saturday while attending the Nickelodeon Sports “Little Ballers” screening at Chelsea Piers. “There’s nothing he can really physically do. I think right now he can be more of a motivator for the younger guys, telling them what they should be looking forward to and getting them used to playing with him next year.” New York Post

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters on Saturday that he "was glad he made it out" of Syracuse after his freshman year, before the NCAA considered instituting the proposed freshman ineligibility rule. As CBS Sports reported on Friday, there have been discussions among NCAA conference commissioners to consider making freshman athletes ineligible to play until their sophomore year, effectively forcing them to stay in college for a minimum of two years. Newark Star-Ledger

In his latest flip-flop, Anthony backtracked slightly on his impending shutdown, saying he’s not “100 percent’’ sure he is finished after Sunday, and still has to talk to Knicks officials on whether he will play against Miami Friday at the Garden. Eventually, Anthony will need surgery on tendon damage in his left knee. New York Post

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