Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks franchise player and leading scorer, told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he is leaning very heavily on shutting it down instead of returning to the court after the All-Star Break concludes next week.
Anthony has been battling a sore left knee for much of the season, one that is surely lost for New York as the Knicks, winners of just 10 games in 2014-2015, stand in dead last in the Eastern Conference and own the worst record in the NBA.
The gun-slinging and sometimes sharp-shooting forward does plan on participating in this weekend’s All-Star Game, “even if it’s just a few minutes,” said Anthony.
The eight-time All Star is averaging 24.2 points per game this season and is routinely given the night off during the second game of back-to-backs. The Knicks aren’t very good with Anthony on the floor, but have yet to register a victory (0-13) when he doesn’t suit up.
The All-Star Game is being held in New York City and Anthony doesn’t want to miss it.
“I don’t think the fans deserve [seeing me miss the game]. They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game.”
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