Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks’ leading scorer, may need surgery to repair his left shoulder, the New York Daily News reported, citing a person familiar with the player’s medical condition.
Anthony, who played 12 National Basketball Association playoff games with a partially torn labrum, will rest for four weeks before being re-evaluated for surgery, the Daily News said.
Anthony has complained of pain in his shoulder since April 14 when the Knicks played the Indiana Pacers in the regular season. He re-injured it in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, the newspaper said.
If surgery is needed, Anthony would require as long as five months to recover, which could interfere with the start of training camp in October, the Daily News said.
Anthony averaged an NBA-high 28.7 points per game, as well as 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists during the regular season.