It's safe to say it hasn't been a great start to the 2014-15 NBA season for the New York Knicks.
Between off-court squabbles, on-court tactical naivety and rookie coach growing pains the Knicks have gotten off to their worst start in franchise history, posting a 4-19 record.
Bad day in NYC
Wednesday brought further bad news for the NYC team. First with suggestions of in-fighting between Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr, and then with the more concerning reports that the former could be required to undergo surgery before the season is out.
Anthony has been struggling with a knee injury throughout this season, a complaint that could well see the franchise star sitting out the Knicks' game vs the San Antonio Spurs tonight.
And, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the franchise is beginning to believe that only surgery in the near future will alleviate the issue.
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Per his report:
"According to a source, Anthony has been playing with left knee soreness for much of the season and the fear is that it may require surgery to correct."
For his part, Carmelo Anthony has been increasingly vocal about the knee issue. Speaking in the aftermath of the Knicks' Tuesday night defeat to the Pelicans the perennial All-Star admitted he was in a catch 22 situation:
"At this point, it's evaluating and seeing...Some days are better than others. It's a matter if I want to continue to play on it and the pain threshold. The flip side to that is we are losing games.
"I hate to sit on the sidelines and watch my teammates."
With the Knicks in a dire state on the court and looking anything but a playoff team right now there is a growing belief that the franchise will bite the bullet and send Anthony in for surgery sooner rather than later.
With at least four more years on his deal after the 2014-15 season there is no point seeing Anthony blow his knee out now and risk longer term damage when the veteran could go under the knife ASAP.
With his growing frustration with his teammates beginning to show this week it might be just as well that Anthony could soon be facing an extended time away from the court.