Opening Tip: Mad at Melo?

April, 14, 2014
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Carmelo Anthony says he may sit out of the final two games of the regular season to protect his injured shoulder.


It's a move that makes sense for Anthony. The Knicks are out of playoff contention and he would be risking a lot by taking the court.


He plans to test free agency this summer, so there are millions of dollars on the line for the All-Star forward.


The Knicks can sign Anthony to a five-year contract worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the maximum he can earn is $95,897,372 over four years.

If Anthony suffers a significant shoulder injury, it may scare teams off from paying him max money. So he has at least $33 million reasons to call it a season now.

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As it is, Anthony's not sure of the extent of his injury. He's been playing through pain for the past 11 days and may get an MRI to determine the exact extent of the damage.

"Today, early it felt good. Throughout the course of the game, it went right back to the way it was feeling like yesterday and the day before," he said.

Some fans may be put off by their team's star player sitting out to protect himself. Especially when that star player may bolt for free agency this summer.


But in this case, Anthony has given the Knicks 100 percent effort throughout the season. In fact, he's having one of the best regular seasons of his career.


Entering play Sunday, he was second in the NBA in scoring (27.6) and averaging a career-high 8.2 rebounds per game.


So in this case, there's no reason to be mad at Melo. He's earned the rest ... right?


Up now: Mike Woodson took the blame for the Knicks missing the playoffs.

Carmelo seems to be in a state of shock about the team falling shy of a playoff berth. Anthony also may get an MRI on his injured shoulder.

Amar'e Stoudemire says, on paper, the Knicks were one of the best teams in the NBA.

What's next: The Knicks will take on the rival Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday, for the fourth and final time this season.


Question: Will you be mad at Melo if he sits in the final two games of the season?

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.1 3.1 0.9 36.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.0
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.4
StealsS. Larkin 1.3
BlocksL. Amundson 1.6