The New York Knicks have received a major setback, as their star player Carmelo Anthony is set to undergo a surgery on his injured knee, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Anthony has been struggling with his injury and also took rest in between the season, when the pain became unbearable for the player, who played during the All Star game.
Despite not been in the best of fitness, the Knicks benefitted a lot from his presence on the court, as he put in some strong performances for the Knicks and it was very difficult to judge whether he was fit or not, when on song.
Anthony has been one of the best players for the Knicks during the season, as he averages 24.2 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Though, it is a huge setback for Derek Fisher, their head coach, he is aware about the importance of the surgery, as it has been bothering the 30-year-old star for quite a bit.
"It's obvious that he physically can't do the things that he's capable of doing, so this is a necessary step for him to take, I think, in order for him to get to the level that he's capable of getting to," Fisher said, as quoted by AP.
The Knicks have been the worst team in the Eastern Conference as they have lost 43 games and only won 10 during the season. With Anthony set to miss remainder of the season, the situation might only get worse for the New York Knicks.
Knicks president Phil Jackson stated that he had a talk with Anthony about the surgery last month.
"I had a meeting with him when we were in London and we discussed this process of having the surgery sooner than later," Jackson said. "Because we know that the process can take some time for rehab and getting back on the court and we wanted him to be able to make a full recovery and be ready for this coming season."
It was thought that post surgery, his recovery would take around eight weeks, but doctors have predicted that the rehabilitation would take between four and six months.