Carmelo: Shoulder is getting better

Updated: June 28, 2013, 12:54 AM ET
By Jared Zwerling and Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters that he does not believe he will require surgery on his partially torn left labrum.

"I don't think so," Anthony replied when asked about his shoulder at a ribbon-cutting event for two refurbished courts he provided in Brooklyn.

"My shoulder feels much better," Anthony added. "For the past four-to-five weeks, I've let it rest and heal up. It's not 100 percent yet, but it's much better."

Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said the team medical staff got a "good report" on Anthony's injury and it believes it can heal fully without surgery.

"We're hopeful that it'll be a non-issue going forward. But there's no guarantees on these injury things," the GM said Thursday night.

He later added: "Melo's a hard worker. He's going to put in the time and effort to rehabilitate."

Anthony first suffered the shoulder injury on April 14 against the Indiana Pacers and said his shoulder "popped in and out" after Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett tugged on it during the first round of the playoffs.

He later said the injury affected him throughout the postseason.

Anthony, 29, averaged 28.7 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season. Looking ahead to 2013-14, Anthony said he's not sure what the team needs in Thursday's night draft or free agency. He's focused for now only on his personal development.

"It's kind of hard to say you need this piece or that piece," he said. "At the end of the day, man, for me I can't even complain and I won't whine about anything. The only thing I can do is tighten up my belt and keep on moving, keep on going and bring my troops along with me. It's easy to say you need this, you need that after you lose a playoff series."

One player who will not be joining Anthony is Jason Kidd, who became the Nets head coach earlier this month. While Anthony is happy for him, he feels the loss heading into next season.

"I've been talking to him," Anthony said. "I'm close with Jason for the longest [time]. We'll still continue to have that chemistry, that friendship that we had when he was playing here. I wish him all the luck of his first coaching year. I was kind of a little upset that he went right across the bridge. But we laugh and joke about that; it's all fun and games, and I truly tip my hat off to him. He deserved it."

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