Opening Tip: Rehab or surgery for Melo?

October, 14, 2013
Let's get this straight from the start: No one knows Carmelo Anthony's body better than Carmelo Anthony.

So when he says he's "ecstatic" with his decision to forgo shoulder surgery, you take it as good news if you're a Knicks fan.

Anthony, you'll remember, opted to rehab his left shoulder tear over the summer instead having surgery, which may have sidelined him for four to five months.

At the time, some in the organization wondered if it were best for Anthony to have surgery and ensure that his shoulder was 100 percent healthy. But, so far, the decision to rehab the injury has worked out well.

Anthony told reporters in New Hampshire over the weekend that his shoulder feels great. That news probably put a wide smile on Mike Woodson's face. Because the health of Anthony's shoulder, and the rest of his body, is obviously of the utmost importance for New York.

Anthony's decision to forgo surgery comes with a bit of a risk, though. Presumably, Anthony's shoulder isn't as healthy as it would have been if he had surgery. So it's fair to wonder if Anthony's shoulder will bother him if he takes contact there during the season.

The tradeoff, of course, is that Anthony will be healthy and ready to play on opening night.

If both he and J.R. Smith were unavailable at the beginning of the season, the Knicks would be forced to play without two of their best offensive pieces.

All of which brings us to our question: As a Knicks fan, do you think Carmelo made the right call when he decided to rehab his shoulder injury? Or do you wish he had surgery instead?

UP NOW: Anthony discusses his decision to opt for rehab instead of surgery to repair his injured left shoulder here. Also, Toure' Murry and Ike Diogu both had strong performances against the Celtics on Saturday. They certainly helped themselves in their quest to gain a roster spot once the preseason ends.

WHAT'S NEXT? The Knicks will return home to practice on Monday and prepare for Thursday's preseason game in Baltimore against the Wizards.

QUESTION: As a Knicks fan, do you think Carmelo made the right call when he decided to rehab his shoulder injury? Or do you wish he'd had surgery?

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer



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Carmelo Anthony
23.4 3.3 0.8 36.3
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 3.9
StealsP. Prigioni 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3