Carmelo Anthony is a warrior and one of the kings of the basketball jungle. In his finest moments otherworldly play , you cannot help but recall the phrase, ” A man among boys.” Halfway through arguably his best season to date, Anthony has more than proven he should be in the MVP discussion.
That said, even superstars need a break.
After injuring his right biceps during Wednesday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, Anthony has left open the option of sitting out the All-Star game.
Following the horrible 92-88 home loss to one of the worst teams in the Atlantic division, the evidence is mounting that Melo — who shot an abysmal 5-for-24 from the field — might need a breather. His shooting woes can easily be attributed to last night’s injury, a contusion on his arm sustained after driving to the rim while being elbowed by Demar DeRozan in the first half.
“It was something like a dead arm out there,’’ Anthony told the New York Post. “I tried to get through it and get some feeling back. Throughout the whole game, it was bothering me.’’
Melo is weighing his options and will likely wait until Sunday before deciding whether or not to suit up in Houston.
The biggest game of the year — outside of the playoffs, we hope — is definitely not a spectacle any player would want to miss. Teammates Steve Novak (Three Point Contest) and James White (Dunk Contest) will be participating, and Melo’ is understandably excited to leave his mark.
As for the Knicks, they enter the break at 32-18, good for first in the Atlantic Division and a playoff spot, but they’ve been decidedly mediocre of late, notching a 14-13 record after their scalding 18-5 start . Regardless of what moves the front office may or may not make before the trade deadline — and there have been a few rumors regarding Luke Ridnour and Jared Dudley bandied about — the Knicks should continue to be a force in the Eastern Conference.
For Mike Woodson and the rest of the Knicks, it’s still all about the end result; the chase for the team’s first title in over four decade. To achieve this lofty, possibly improbable goal, they’ll need Carmelo Anthony to be at full strength and then some.
So, as much as we’d like to watch him unleash his array of talents next to LeBron, Kobe and the like, for the sake of the greater good, we’ll have to suffer an All-Star game that does not feature New York’s own number seven.