It was tough to know what to make of Carmelo Anthony's knee injury right after it happened. After appearing to trip over his own foot, Melo crumpled to the floor, then walked unassisted into the locker room, where he remained for the rest of the game. During the game, Tina Cervasio reported a "sore right knee". We now have some updates from Melo himself:
Carmelo says his right knee has been bothering him for some time. Not sure if he'll play Wednesday vs Pistons.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 5, 2013
Melo said he woke up and his knee just didn't feel right. Suggested its been that way for a few weeks now.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 5, 2013
Carmelo Anthony said his knee has been bothering for a couple weeks. He said he had an MRI a couple of days ago.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 5, 2013
Melo said the MRI was clean. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. He said he doesn't think it's serious. .... We'll see.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) March 5, 2013
We will see indeed. That the injury is a preexisting thing is-- in this instance--somewhat of a relief, since those occasions when someone falls and complains of knee pain without any apparent impact make me instinctively go "AHHH ACL ACL ACL NOOOO". On the other hand, a chronic knee issue isn't very good either. This, thankfully, doesn't sound like a serious thing, but it might be a small, nagging thing for the foreseeable future.
More updates as they come, plus a recap in the near future.