NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Carmelo Anthony has missed 10 games this season due to an injured left knee.
But despite the fact that the Knicks are 5-35 heading into Thursday’s game and the forward will likely need surgery, Anthony has said on numerous occasions that he doesn’t plan to shut it down.
Hall of Fame Pacers guard Reggie Miller does not approve of Anthony’s behavior.
“I don’t know what the doctors have told him … but they have nothing to play for this year,” Miller told the New York Post. “If you are just playing for London and the All-Star Game then I would say just shut it down. To me, that’s selfish. I know (the All-Star Game is) in New York and you’re the face of that, but to me that’s very selfish.
“The team is tanking, and to have a guy just to represent your organization, I have a problem with that. You have to take care of yourself and your body long-term. Shut it down now, rehab and get ready for next year.”
Heading into Thursday’s game against the Bucks in London, the Knicks have lost 15 in a row and 25 of 26. They haven’t even been competitive in games of late.
Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract with New York in the offseason, and the first season of his new deal has been an unmitigated disaster.
Despite the team’s struggles, however, the 30-year-old playmaker is continuing to score. The seven-time All-Star is averaging 23.9 points, 3.1 assists and 6.6 rebounds in 36.1 minutes per game.
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