Carmelo: ‘Took a Risk’ Avoiding Surgery
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony knows that he took a “huge risk” when he decided not to have surgery to repair a tear in his left shoulder and focused on rehabbing it instead.
Anthony admitted Saturday night that he played with a torn rotator cuff and partially torn labrum in his left shoulder late last season.
Instead of going under the knife to fix his shoulder, Anthony opted in the offseason to try and fix the injury through an intensive rehab.
“I’m ecstatic going from a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum to not needing surgery,” Anthony told reporters in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday. “Let me take that back: taking a risk in not taking surgery and letting it heal on its own. I took a huge risk in doing that. It meant I had to put more time in the offseason to do what I had to do to get it right.”