Mar 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) sets the screen for small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony likely to never be 100 percent healthy

It’s been a rough year for Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony, even though on the court he’s put up MVP-type numbers all season long.

Staying on the court though has been an issue all year for Anthony.

Mar 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) returns to the bench for the timeout against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

‘Melo has missed 10 of the Knicks 61 games so far with a variety of injuries and a one-game suspension thrown in. It’s a bit troubling to have to take the court without your best player for what has amounted to 16 percent of  the season so far.

The Knicks have gone 5-5 without their superstar this season, but considering the fact that the Knicks have really been nothing more than a mediocre team- playing just a shade over .500 basketball over the course of the past two months, they are a team that can’t afford to take the floor without the services of Anthony.

The latest problem has been ‘Melo’s mysterious right knee injury, which caused him to miss three games after apparently tripping over his own feet against the Cleveland Cavaliers last Monday. It was reported that Anthony was complaining about the knee for weeks and that’s bad news for the Knicks as it looks like Anthony won’t be completely healthy the rest of the season.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be 100 percent,” Anthony told the New  York Daily News’ Frank Isola.

The good news is that there is no structural damage to his knee.

The bad news is that no one seems to know what exactly is wrong.

“Nobody can really give me an exact answer on it,” Anthony told Isola early on Monday. “There’s no pain, no ligament damage or anything like that. There’s just some fluid in the back of the knee that’s preventing me from hyper-extending my knee sometimes.”

He also added that he hasn’t been the same since first injuring his knee Christmas Day in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony won’t need surgery but it looks as if he will have to play through a considerable amount of pain. He has played a lot of minutes  this season and had the looks of a rusty and beat up player in his 4-for-15 performance from the floor in Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The Knicks have been struggling as of late and still have desires to win a championship.

But with Amar’e Stoudemire out for the rest of the regular season, they absolutely need a healthy and explosive ‘Melo for the rest of the season.

That is something they likely won’t be able to count on having.

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