A surgical repair of his ailing left knee, though seemingly inevitable, is something Carmelo Anthony has tried to avoid for as long as possible.

But Melo knows that, eventually, he’ll have no choice but to go under the knife.

The New York Knicks’ superstar forward, who last played December 31 against the Clippers in LA, told reporters Monday that he’s resigned to his fate.

Per the NY Daily News:

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure at some point that’s going to be my only option,” Anthony said before the Knicks departed for England. “But until that time I can’t sit out, I don’t feel like, you know, as a person I can’t let my team out there. I feel like if I can go out there and play some more and continue to play then I’m going to do that. I’m pretty sure there will come a time where I have to make that decision to sit out and take the proper procedure and get what I need to be done.”

 

“Yeah I’m not just trying to go through this program just to play in London and then sit out,” he said. “No, once I’m back playing, I’m back playing. Today was actually my first practice back on the basketball court, so we’ll see how my body, how my knee responds.” […] “I want to play, period,” he added. “Sitting on the sideline is kind of not my thing, not my cup of tea. But I want to get out there in London especially and play. I still have a couple more days to finish off my program and see where I’m at.”

 

“I mean, the easiest thing for me to do right now is just to call it quits and just give up and say I’m going to go take care of what I need to take care of right now,” Anthony said. “But I want to be out there with these guys, with my teammates, regardless of what’s our record (5-35), regardless of how we’re struggling on the court. I feel like if I have an opportunity to go play I’m going to go play.”