To surprise of nobody, Carmelo Anthony says he likely shuts it down after All-Star Game
It was obvious this was the plan for a month now.
But the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony went on ESPN Radio with Marc Stein and confirmed what everybody already knew — he’s going to shut it down after the All-Star Game.
Anthony reportedly needs knee surgery, but has understandably been hesitant to go under the knife. Combine that with his desire to play host as the All-Star Game comes to Madison Square Garden this weekend — with the fans voting him in as a starter — and it was clear he was going to act like Monty Python’s Black Knight until the All-Star Game had passed.
After this weekend he likely doesn’t play another game, and the Knicks will be worse.
Which frankly is fine — this is the one year the Knicks own their first round pick, no strings. So be bad, get a high draft pick. That’s why Phil Jackson made the right move so far not trying to make a quick-fix trade, as the team has seemingly done for the better part of a decade. Be bad and build.
Then bring a healthy Anthony back next season, and maybe that will be enough to make the playoffs in the East.