Carmelo Anthony admitted over the weekend that he’s been playing through a serious shoulder injury for the last four weeks. Anthony missed just one game in December but admits to needing around-the-clock treatment in order to play.
“It’s bad. You know what it is; it’s an adjustment that you have to make on the fly. Like some days it feels good; some days it’s tight. Throughout the course of the game — certain shots, certain moves — you feel like the strength isn’t there. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to play through it. What’s working? What’s not?…It feels good during the game. And then you irritate it. And then you kind of have to work backwards again to get it back stronger. But I’m constant, around-the-clock treatment.”
Since the original injury, Anthony has had some inconsistent performances. Some games he looks ok, and others he has a hard time with his shot. For now, he has no plans to miss any time, but January will be a long, tough month for the Knicks, as they play 17 games and will have very little time to rest.
The team has not announced a specific injury, but Inside Injuries suspects either a labral tear or chronic impingement with rotator cuff tendinitis. Both of these injuries can be very painful to play through and are likely to require surgery. Anthony was initially hurt diving for a loose ball and has made the injury worse by playing through it. If he wants to get as healthy as possible without undergoing surgery, he needs to take time off to rest and go through extensive rehab to strengthen the shoulder. In order to play through a labral tear or tendinitis, strengthening and stretching must be a top priority.
The Inside Injuries algorithm has Melo in the high risk category because of his shoulder injury. He is also at below average Health Performance Factor, meaning his performance is suffering because of the shoulder injury. His basketball quickness score has also dropped slightly, which indicates that his mobility and quickness have taken a hit because of the injury.
The Knicks’ medical staff needs to tell Anthony to take at least a few games off if he wants to get better. His shoulder is very vulnerable right now, and one big hit or wrong movement could set his recovery back.
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