Carmelo Anthony is back, just in time for Monday night’s opener of their harsh five-game West Coast trip but he doesn’t think he’ll be completely 100 percent when the Knicks face the Warriors.
At the morning shootaround at a Frisco’s Olympic Club, Anthony said he expects to play after missing one week and three games with a stiff/sore right knee that had fluid buildup in the back.
“It’s still on there,’’ Anthony joked about his knee. “I think I’ll go tonight. I used this week to really try to get healthy, get my legs back, get the soreness out. I don’t think (the fluid) is completely gone. But getting the rest, sitting out a couple of days, getting treatment, I definitely benefitted.’’
“This was always the plan to come back on this road trip, to use this last week to get more rest and try to start off fresh for this road trip,’’ Anthony said. “I don’t think I’ll ever be 100 percent to be honest with you, but I will play tonight.’’
Anthony said he can’t get an answer on what the injury exactly but so far he has not been told offseason surgery is needed because of any cartilage wear and tear. Anthony had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the 2010-011 season.
“There’s no pain at all. Just stiffness,’’ Anthony said. “Nobody really can give me an exact answer on it. There’s no pain or ligament damage. Just fluid int the back of the knee that’s prevented me from hyperextending my leg. None of that. No surgery.’’
Knicks' Anthony returning on Monday night
New York Post | Mar 11