Carmelo Anthony will have surgery on his left knee that could keep him off the court for four to six months.
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson said Wednesday a timetable for Anthony’s recovery couldn’t completely be determined until after the surgery, but early indications were he could be back on the court this summer and be ready for training camp.
Jackson said he anticipated the procedure, which will include a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair, would be performed this week.
“It’s obvious that he physically can’t do the things that he’s capable of doing, so this is a necessary step for him to take, I think, in order for him to get to the level that he’s capable of getting to,” coach Derek Fisher said.
Anthony has had pain for most of the season but continued to play despite the Knicks’ league-worst 10-43 record. He was able to start in Sunday night in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden but appeared to be struggling, scoring 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting.
Jackson said he talked to Anthony last month, after he had missed six consecutive games, about scheduling the surgery — though he said the Knicks were comfortable with Anthony taking part in the All-Star Game.
Anthony finished his 12th NBA season averaging 24.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 40 games. The two-time Olympian turned 30 in May.
Setback for Holiday
The Pelicans say point guard Jrue Holiday has aggravated his lower right leg injury and is not scheduled to be re-evaluated for an additional three weeks.
Coach Monty Williams, who spoke after Wednesday practice, also says he hopes Anthony Davis (sprained right shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (sore right elbow) will return from their injuries for New Orleans’ next game Friday night in Orlando. Holiday, who has averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 assists in 37 games this season, has not played since Jan. 12.
Dragic’s trust issues
Fed up with his role on a team crowded with point guards, Goran Dragic said he has made up his mind to leave the Suns, preferably by Thursday’s trade deadline.
If not then, he has made it clear there is no way he would re-sign with the team when he becomes a free agent after this season.
“I don’t trust them anymore,” Dragic said.
The 28-year-old guard’s points and assists are down considerably from last season, when he was third-team all-NBA. He said he doesn’t like his role of “standing in the corner” and wants to go to a team where he can “be a point guard, like in the past I was my whole life.”
• Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the Spurs in 1999, has died at 52. The Trail Blazers confirmed Wednesday night that Kersey had died but didn’t provide details. Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee.
• Point guard Ty Lawson missed the Nuggets’ first practice after the All-Star break and coach Brian Shaw is looking into the reason why before handing out punishment. Lawson leads the team in scoring (16.9) and assists (10.1).
• Amare Stoudemire joined the Mavericks two days after the Knicks let him out of his contract with a buyout. The six-time All-Star signed for the prorated veteran minimum of about $460,000.