Carmelo Anthony is reportedly still receiving treatment for elbow bursitis at Knicks facilities, according to the New York Post:
Carmelo Anthony has been secretly rehabbing a bum right elbow at the Knicks practice facility, and has been prohibited from lifting weights and any on-court work, including shooting, since the season ended in late April, The Post has learned.via Knicks' Anthony rehabbing sore elbow - NYPOST.com.
Anthony is suffering from elbow bursitis, a condition he had earlier this season in Denver. It flared up with the Knicks in late February when he talked about the possibility of having a drainage procedure but added he "doesn't like going under the knife."
Anthony's Westchester rehab would end because of the expected lockout tomorrow -- one of the major behind-the-scenes detriments of NBA commissioner David Stern's work stoppage. Anthony would no longer be able to talk to the coaching or medical staff or have elbow treatment at the practice facility.
Anthony's elbow apparently didn't affect his shooting touch. With the Knicks he registered his highest field goal percentage since 2006. But it's still a nagging concern that it has bothered him this long. While the lockout will obviously hamper his ability to get treatment for free, Melo can still tend to it. Not like the guy can't afford health care for it.
It's a nagging injury but if it doesn't improve and the lockout looks like it will be extended, and it will, Melo might choose to go under the knife to go ahead and take care of it. But then again, that probably won't happen since he won't want to deal with it outside of the context of the team, even though his insurance will undoubtedly cover him, and again, he can afford it.
It is one more sign of just how beaten up the Knicks were at the end of last season, with Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups both struggling with injuries versus the Celtics. Perhaps some depth would solve that proble... oh, right.