Carmelo Anthony back at practice

Updated: December 14, 2011, 11:45 PM ET
By Jared Zwerling | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony participated in practice Wednesday after sitting out a day with a hyperextended knee, suffered Monday when he became entangled with a teammate.

Anthony said he will "absolutely" suit up for the Knicks' first preseason game Saturday in New Jersey against the Nets.

"I feel much better," Anthony said Wednesday. "I think yesterday the treatment that I got, the workout that I did, just resting a little bit, really helped out. I feel good."

Anthony said the injury was initially scary because it involved his left knee, which was surgically repaired in the offseason.

Coach Mike D'Antoni, who said his top scorer is "ready to go," understands the additional precautions necessary with a shortened season ahead.

"That's the biggest thing -- just dealing with injuries and make sure that you don't compensate the situation by trying to go too far too fast during the preseason," he said. "You try not to play them too many minutes during the regular season."

"I think guys have to be careful with injuries," new Knicks center Tyson Chandler said. "There are so many games back to back. The rest times are limited. A lot of the rest time is travel time. I think you have to beware of how you protect yourself."

Chandler knows about delayed recoveries. Starting in the 2006-07 season, he dealt with soreness in his left big toe. The pain escalated and became a lingering turf-toe condition. After playing just 45 and 51 games in 2008-09 and 2009-10, he was healthy during the Mavericks' title run last season, missing just eight regular-season games.

In other injury-related news, Bill Walker sat out his second straight day with a strained left groin, and Renaldo Balkman was sidelined with a sore right knee.

Regarding Walker, D'Antoni said, "I think it's serious because he missed two practices. Does that mean he's out for another two days? I don't know that. I think he's day to day. Hopefully he responds to the treatment and gets back in there as soon as he can."

Jared Zwerling is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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