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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Anthony wanted to keep surgeries off radar

By Mike Mazzeo

Carmelo Anthony went into further detail about his offseason surgeries during an appearance on WFAN Wednesday morning, telling the radio station that he had loose chips removed from his left elbow and broken bone fragments taken out from his right knee.

“Something I like to keep off the radar,” Anthony said. “I just wanted to go in there and get it done and not have a big movie surrounding that. Eventually it came out. It came out when I was healthy.’’

Anthony told the radio station that the Knicks knew about the procedures, which were both done in May, but he didn’t want the public to know.

“I felt [the Knicks] were the only people who should know at that point,” said Anthony, who added that he “wasn’t feeling right throughout the whole season.”

“I needed surgery for a long time. They didn’t know how I was playing with an elbow injury.’’

At this point, Anthony says he’s “healthy, good and ready to rock.”

The Knicks’ starting small forward has been one of several NBA superstars to appear in exhibition games this summer during the lockout. He’s enjoyed the experience, but says it isn’t the same as playing at the Garden.

“At this point right now, as players and as a union, we gave the owners and the NBA our take on it, where we stand at, and as basketball players and a union we stick together in this one,” Anthony said on SportsCenter Wednesday. “I don’t think there’s anything coming in between that. We’re gonna fight for what’s right. At the end of the day, we wanna play basketball, So that’s why myself and these other guys are putting these exhibitions on.

But it’s not the real thing. It’s not opening night at MSG against Miami. It’s not that. But in the meantime, [playing exhibitions] will do and it has to do.”

Because commissioner David Stern announced that the first two weeks of the 2011-12 season have been cancelled, Anthony stands to lose approximately $1.6 million in salary.

“It’s stressful,” Anthony said. “If it’s a dollar, if it’s 10 dollars, losing money is losing money, regardless of how much you have.”

The players and the owners remain at an impasse, and Anthony doesn’t expect that to change anytime soon.

“Until both sides sit down and really hash it out and figure out exactly what the problem is, I really truly don’t think anything will get done,” Anthony said.

Anthony’s teammate, Amare Stoudemire, said Tuesday that the players have discussed starting their own league in the event that the lockout continues.

“Let me know. I’m there,” Anthony said. “In the meantime, me personally, I’m gonna continue getting my guys together and putting on these exhibition games. ... We wanna keep the energy behind basketball; basketball never stops.”

Still, Anthony knows how much the lockout hurts not only the players but also the people whose lives depend on the NBA to make ends meet.

“I’m saddened and I’m sorry that people are at a loss of jobs,” Anthony said. “All around it’s just bad.”

Anthony is also upset he won’t be able to get in a full training camp with the Knicks. He joined them late last season, and they never really became a cohesive unit after his arrival.