March 7, 2013
Nothing is official - because they are the Knicks and all injury reports must be shrouded in mystery for reasons unknown - but I wouldn't bet on Carmelo Anthony suiting up Wednesday night when the Knicks take on the Pistons.
Thursday night the Knicks host Oklahoma City on national television.
Anthony tweaked his knee Monday night, did not play the second half then said after the game his knee had been bothering him for a while and this was just an aggravation of it. He had an MRI to check things out and our friend Howard Beck of the New York Times tweets coach Mike Woodson's comments on it.
Carmelo Anthony is not at shootaround. Stayed at hotel to get treatment. Still questionable for tonight.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) March 06, 2013
Woodson also disclosed that Carmelo has some fluid in his knee.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) March 06, 2013
Woodson also said he likely would start Kurt Thomas if (ok, when) Anthony sits. That would leave Amare Stoudemire, coming off his best game of the season, still coming off the bench. And the Knicks starting lineup would need Raymond Felton to create all the offense. Interesting choice.
Asked Woodson if enough scoring w/this lineup. Why not Amare? "We're only talking maybe 3 or 4 minutes and then Amar'e will be in the game."— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) March 06, 2013
Then why not start… oh, forget it.
Woodson also tried to throw himself on the sword for Anthony's nagging knee issues saying he didn't sit him when Carmelo asked. That from an interview with ESPN Radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews).
"I should have. But stubborn coach, I just didn't. We're down 22, I'm going to leave one of my best players in the game. Maybe I should have taken him out before he actually stumbled and took the fall. Again, I'm thinking the game. I'm thinking he'll play through it, he'll figure it out. But hey, he was hurting. He walked out after he took the spill and he didn't come back. That's not Melo-like. Obviously his knee was bothering him."
Does anybody believe that if Anthony asked out Woodson would turn down his request? Carmelo could request Woodson run up the block during the game and grab him a slice of pizza and Woodson would do it. No way he doesn't sit him.
But it's the Knicks. What did you expect, honesty?