Oct 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony took a ‘risk’ by not having surgery


Last season, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was bothered by a tear in his left shoulder at the end of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Anthony, who admitted the injuries in his shoulder were a torn rotator cuff and partially torn labrum, is now happy that he chose rehab instead of surgery.

“I’m ecstatic going from a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum to not needing surgery,” Anthony told reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire after a 111-81 loss to the Boston Celtics Saturday via Ian Begley of ESPN New York. “Let me take that back: taking a risk in not taking surgery and letting it heal on its own. I took a huge risk in doing that. It meant I had to put more time in the offseason to do what I had to do to get it right.”

Last season, Anthony averaged 28.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He shot 44.9% from the field, 37.9% from beyond the arc and 83.0% from the free throw line and helped the Knicks win a playoff series over the Boston Celtics for the first time since 2000.

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