There aren’t too many words or phrases that make you cringe as much as “huge risk” do. Especially when it comes to taking that “huge risk” in terms of a players health.
But that’s what exactly New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he took by electing to not have offseason surgery on his injured shoulder.
Carmelo Anthony said he took a “huge risk’’ this offseason in opting not to have left-shoulder surgery and claimed he also had a torn rotator cuff to go along with a partially torn labrum.
“I’m ecstatic going from a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum to not needing surgery,’’ Anthony said. “Let me take that back. Taking a risk in not taking surgery and letting it heal on its down. 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.’’
“Everybody has their opinion and brought it to the table, everybody had their pros and cons,’’ Anthony said. “It was the last resort. Doctors sat down [explaining] what will happen if I got surgery. I wouldn’t have been able to start the season. I would’ve been out four, five months because of the severity of the tear.’’
I’m not sure if the Knicks fans should feel good — because Melo put the team first — or if they should feel concerned. The bottom line is that the (currently assembled) Knicks can’t afford to just throw away a season right now. If Melo had elected to have surgery, who knows when he would’ve been able to return — he said he wouldn’t have been able to start the season.
The Knicks might’ve been forced to sacrifice this season, that’s something they just can’t afford to do. Who knows how long Melo stays in New York and who knows how long his supporting cast can hold up.
Yes, Melo is taking a “huge risk” by not taking the surgery route, but, quite frankly, it’s a risk that needed to be taken. Let’s just hope it doesn’t backfire on him. For the sake of Knicks fans, the Knicks and for himself.