For the first time in two years, New York Knicks player and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony will hit the court in Charm City. He faces off against the Washington Wizards Thursday night.
Back on home court. Baltimore native and Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell returns to Charm City this week.
Anthony first hurt his left shoulder on April 14 against the Pacers. Now it seems he played the entire playoff run — 12 games — with a partially torn labrum.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony won’t need surgery on his troublesome knee, and the team hopes it’ll be the same for his injured shoulder, according to the New York Daily News.
“It’s just a matter of who wants it more,” Carmelo Anthony said. On Thursday night, that was the Knicks.
With the game, series, or season on the line, would you rather have Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant on your squad?
Nobody ever really stops Carmelo Anthony. Not in his mind, anyway.
“I think for the most part, from the start of the game and throughout the whole game, I think we played with a sense of urgency today,” Anthony said after the game. “We played the way we’ve been playing as far as competing at the highest level.”
The Knicks will not concede they have a “big” problem — yet. Check back if they lose Game 2 on Tuesday night.
The Pacers are classic Eastern Conference bruisers, while the Knicks are countering with something closer to small ball. So far, Indiana’s way is bigger, badder and better.
“I would be upset, too, if I was her,’’ Anthony said. “She’s always getting thrown into the mix of the Boston Celtics series. I would be upset if I was her. She’s her own person at the end of the day.”
The Knicks will try to end their best-of-seven series Wednesday night in front of New York’s fans — and Anthony is confident his team can get it done.