NEW YORK (WFAN) – Carmelo Anthony reportedly led the Knicks to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2003-4 with an ailing right elbow.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the superstar “has been secretly rehabbing” from elbow bursitis. The Knicks shut down Anthony after the team’s first round ouster by the Celtics.
That means no weight lifting and no shooting, according to the report.
Anthony was bothered by the elbow earlier in the season with the Nuggets. Berman cites Melo’s second game with New York, a loss against Cleveland on February 25, for the flare-up.
“Right now, I don’t have any time for testing,” Anthony said after banging his elbow against the Cavaliers. “It’s time for me to play basketball and go out there and get some wins.”
Anthony returned to the game and battled numbness in the fourth quarter. He wore a protective sleeve on his right arm for New York’s following game against the Heat.
According to the paper, Anthony has been on the mend at the Knicks’ practice facility in Greenburgh. But with the NBA headed toward a lockout, Melo will likely have to find another place to rehab. The Knicks’ medical staff would also be off limits.
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