We still await an official announcement and details on the extent of surgery, but here's the news we've been anticipating for months:
ESPN sources say that Knicks will officially rule Carmelo Anthony out for rest of the season later Wednesday— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2015
Carmelo headed for knee surgery in the near future, I'm told, and will be ruled out for rest of the season as he hinted during AS Weekend— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2015
Cool. I look forward to performing a successful surgery on Melo's knee and setting him up for a full recovery and a big 2015-2016 season, because I am the Knicks' team doctor.
Meanwhile, this will officially begin WEIRD SEASON. The Knicks have one open roster spot now and possibly more to come. Bring in a few more youngsters and fringe-dwellers, let them spin along with the ones currently on the roster, and GO BANANANANANANANANANANAS. You'll lose a bunch, and maybe you'll end up discovering a player worth keeping long-term.
Remember that encouraging "eight-week recovery time" estimate floating around the Interwebs a few days ago? Well...
The #Knicks say Carmelo Anthony could be out 4-6 months, per president Phil Jackson. Anthony said he thought he'd be out two months.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 18, 2015
We could be looking at a recovery period stretching into August. Damn shame, too -- I was really looking forward to watching Melo strut his stuff in Summer League.
Also, this is depressing:
NY fans looking for comparisons for Melo & his patellar tendon debridement can look to Danny Granger & Dwyane Wade. Results not encouraging.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) February 18, 2015
Re: Melo & his surgery: Both Granger & Wade underwent patellar tendon debridements & both required a subsequent surgery on involved knee.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) February 18, 2015
Every case is different but I’m betting we haven’t heard the last of Carmelo’s troublesome left knee.— Jeff Stotts (@RotowireATC) February 18, 2015
While I'm sure there are many examples of successful patellar tendon debridements, we must not forget that we're talking about the Knicks here. Melo will never walk again. EVER!