Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  13 responses

Carmelo Anthony ‘Took a Huge Risk’ Not Having Shoulder Surgery

Despite a “messed up” left shoulder, Carmelo Anthony elected not to have surgery in the offseason. Melo now admits that it was an enormous risk not to go under the knife. Per Newsday: “Anthony revealed he had a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff. If he had opted for surgery, he said he would have missed four to five months and wouldn’t have been ready for the start of the season. Instead, he went with his ‘gut’ and decided to rehab and strengthen it without surgery. He said he feels great now physically and with his decision to forego surgery. ‘I’m ecstatic,’ Anthony said before the Knicks lost to the Celtics, 111-81, in Saturday night’s preseason game. ‘To go from having a torn rotator cuff, a torn labrum to not needing surgery or taking a risk and a chance of not getting surgery and letting it heal on its own, I took a huge risk in doing that. That just meant I had to put more time in the offseason to get that right.’ This doesn’t mean Anthony won’t aggravate the injury this season, but it could be one of the reasons Mike Woodson is sliding him back to his more natural small forward position and playing him with 7-foot power forward Andrea Bargnani. Anthony excelled at power forward last season, averaging a league-leading 28.7 points, but took a physical beating by playing bigger and stronger guys. Anthony hurt his shoulder April 14 against Indiana. He said he knew right then that something major had happened. ‘I was being a little naive,’ he said. ‘I had a feeling it was torn or something like that from when it first happened. Once it happened, I knew something was wrong with it. It was a labrum, rotator cuff. There was all type of stuff going on in there. It was messed up.’”

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  • underdog

    Well, more like the Knicks organization took the risk here. I mean Melo gets paid either way, but it seems like his contract lets him make these decisions. I hope it will work out fine though, because it would be a shame to see one of the best scores in the league getting sidelined.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    true. what do you think about the “guranteed” contract nba players get vs. other sports like the nfl?

  • LakeShow

    Shoulda had the surgery.

  • spit hot fiyah

    are just on here asking people random @ss questions every day?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    What’s the matter you? Hey you got no

  • Jake

    I have the exact same injury, it first happened in 2003. I’ve never had surgery and am able to keep up intense workouts and daily basketball games. It’s not that bad if you are careful, but when you aggravate the injury it hurts like a b*tch. Less support for the rest of your shoulder which can result in a total dislocation at some point. He just needs to not reach behind his head for rebounds or dive on the ground for the ball and he’ll be fine, not that he ever does either of those things in the first place.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    does anyone know, does he have a history with his shoulder coming out of place?

  • Saleem Rainman


  • spit hot fiyah

    same dude that asked u if are Pakistani and proceeded to ask u for where to get Mediterranean food in Toronto

  • Draak Grafula

    Yeah. I found him annoying at first. But because his remarks and questions are so random I’m finding him pretty hilarious right now, even if his statements are rude sometimes.

    In my mind velocity is not a person but a forgotten, half-finished piece of software. It was designed to beat a Turing test but found it’s way on the internet somehow, running wild and causing havoc.

  • Saleem Rainman


  • Draak Grafula

    Your answer to his “Who’s your favourite Toronto person?” question had me lol btw. :)

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