Thursday, March 14, 2013
Woodson 'worried' about Melo
By Ian Begley
With uncertainty surrounding the condition of Carmelo Anthony's right knee, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson admitted that he's "worried" about his star forward.
Anthony was in New York on Thursday to get fluid from his knee drained. The Knicks say Anthony had a "soft tissue fluid collection" removed from the back of his knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Anthony will miss the Knicks' game Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers and has been sidelined for four of the Knicks' past six games because of the knee ailment.
"When a key guy goes down that's a big piece, a major piece to you're puzzle, sure you've got to worry," Woodson said Thursday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "There's no doubt I'm worried. There's no doubt that I'm worried about Carmelo. But I'm worried about our team as a whole with how were playing. Coming out of that Utah game at home these past two games have been a nightmare for all of us."
Anthony left Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter due to stiffness in his knee.
For the full news story and podcast of the interview, click here.
AMAR'E TWEAKED KNEE IN EARLY MARCH: Adding further mystery to the Knicks' rash of injuries to stars, Woodson told "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" that Amar'e Stoudemire tweaked one of his knees several days before undergoing regular-season ending surgery.
Woodson said Amar'e told him "he thought he tweaked the knee a little bit" prior to the Knicks game against Cleveland. Stoudemire played heavy minutes in the Knicks' next three games before it was revealed that he needed surgery to remove debris from his right knee.
He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. The admission raises questions over the rationale behind playing Stoudemire after he complained of uncertainty surrounding his knee.