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Carmelo Anthony believes surgery is "only option"

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But he isn't getting it anytime soon.

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Remember Carmelo Anthony? Tall guy, fond of shooting sleeves and hats; turn-offs include glazed donut face asses?

The Knicks' $124 million man -- the foundation upon whom the team's future rests -- finally appears ready to accept the inevitable truth that he will have to undergo surgery on his left knee, telling ESPN New York's Ian Begley"I'm pretty sure at some point that's going to be my only option."

Huzzah!

Wait, there's more? Crap!

"But until that time I can't sit out. ... I feel like if I can go out there and play some more and continue to play, then I'm going to do that. I'm pretty sure there will come a time where I have to make that decision to sit out and take the proper procedure and get what I need to be done."

Play for what, Melo? PLAY FOR WHAAAAAAAT?

Knicks president Phil Jackson said on Saturday that it was important to Anthony that he play in the London game this week and the All-Star Game, which will be held at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15.

"He wants to really try it again and see where he's going to be at," Jackson said. " ... He sees possibilities of helping the team get back and be better."

London? All-Star Game? Better? These matters range from "totally inconsequential" to "possibly damaging to the team's long-term prospects." Phil Jackson just gave away J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert for nothing. The tank is officially on, meaning any wins Melo might provide would be counterproductive.

Apparently Melo is very concerned with playing in the All-Star Game in MSG...a meaningless exhibition if ever there was one. And as for the London trip, it's not as if he hasn't played there before.

Since our man Melo refuses to listen to reason, we have no choice but to execute a popular rebellion. He currently sits in the third and final frontcourt spot with seven days left until All-Star fan voting closes. At last check he was nearly 112,000 votes ahead of Chris Bosh.

It looks like we have work to do, people. We need a grass-roots "Keep Melo Out of the All-Star Game" movement. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your coworkers -- tell them to vote for Chris Bosh. Vote online, text, send smoke signals, do whatever you must.

Carmelo Anthony has to get surgery as soon as possible -- for his sake, for the franchise's sake. Power to the people!