May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts to a call by the referee during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony elects not to have surgery

Dating back to the end of last season, New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony has been in some pain dealing with a partially torn labrum in his shoulder.

That’s not exactly an injury that heals very quickly and often results in surgery.

May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts on the court against the Indiana Pacers during the first half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony said after the season that surgery wasn’t likely an option, a stance he is still sticking with.

‘Melo shared those thoughts with the New York Daily News:

“I took one MRI a couple months ago and it was healing back in place,” he said. “So that was the decision — should I get surgery or should I not? I’m not really a big fan of surgical procedures.

“At the end of the day it was my body, and if I felt as though I needed to go get surgery I was going to get surgery. But at that point I was hoping up until that first MRI that I didn’t need surgery and the Almighty man was with me.”

That’s the good news as surgery at this point in the summer could mean Anthony would miss the start of training camp and that’s something the Knicks really can’t afford to see happen.

The negative side of that stance is there’s a chance of re-injuring the shoulder, which would be all but devastating for both the Knicks and Anthony.

We saw Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard suffer through a similar labrum injury last year in Los Angeles and he didn’t heal very quickly.

Hopefully that won’t be the case for Anthony as the Knicks have enough injury prone players on their roster.

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