Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

If Carmelo Can Play, He Shouldn't Sit Out

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

If Carmelo Can Play, He Shouldn't Sit Out

Article excerpt

While Derek Fisher tried to backpedal from the notion that the Knicks are considering shutting down Carmelo Anthony right now, there are legitimate arguments for and against putting the star on the shelf.

The most important one might be that Anthony and the Knicks have been vague on exactly what the injury or soreness is in his left knee. Anthony has said that it has bothered him since the second game of the season, but he has sat out only three games with soreness. The games have been over a span of three weeks and Anthony actually has performed well when he has played in that time -- averaging 26.3 points per game.

So if he is shutting down when he really doesn't need to, the message to the team -- and the fans -- would be that the 5-30 season is a lost cause and the team will be back next year. But try explaining that to the ticket-buying public, which isn't granted a Carmelo's gone discount.

The other side of the equation is that no matter how Fisher tries to present it to the fan base, the season is lost. Consider this: The Knicks would have to go 32-15 just to match last year's 37-45 record that got his predecessor, Mike Woodson, fired. …

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