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Melo to have injured shoulder re-examined

05/20 10:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony will have his injured left shoulder re-examined by doctors in the coming days to determine the extent of damage and course of rehabilitation.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony will have his injured left shoulder re-examined by doctors in the coming days to determine the extent of damage and course of rehabilitation.

"I don't think it's any major damage," Anthony said Monday after meeting with the Knicks' coaching staff for exit interviews. "But we'll see. We'll find that out shortly."

Anthony first injured his shoulder on April 14 against the Indiana Pacers. He said on Monday that it affected him throughout the postseason.

"It was bothering me since it happened," Anthony said. "To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came a point where you just try not to think about it. That's where I was at mentally."

Anthony shot 40 percent from the floor in 12 postseason games. He shot 45 percent in the regular season.

He doesn't think he will need surgery to repair the shoulder injury. He said team doctors determined his shoulder was "stable" in an examination on Monday.

Anthony said his shoulder "popped in and out" after Boston's Kevin Garnett tugged on his arm during the Knicks-Celtics series.

The Pacers were physical with Anthony, and he appeared to tweak the injury throughout the series.

"It's just a matter of resting it and letting it heal," he said Monday.

Anthony will have the entire summer to rehabilitate the injury as the Knicks were eliminated by the Pacers on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs.

After having a few days to digest the loss, Anthony thinks that the Knicks remain close to winning an NBA title.

"We're right there. We're right there," he said. "When you look back, recap this whole season, [there's] just some detail-oriented things that we kind of got to fix. I believe as a team, as a unit ... we're right there. I'm a big believer in that. I'm very confident."

Anthony also disagreed with the notion that the Knicks, who were seeded second in the East, one spot higher than Indiana, underachieved this season.

"I don't think we underachieved," Anthony said. "We made strides forward. We took huge steps. I always said when I got to New York, this is a process, this will take a couple of years, two to three years. This was the first year the pieces of the puzzle starting to fall into place. We're only going to get better from here on out."

Anthony thrived at power forward this season in place of the injured Amar'e Stoudemire. He said he'd be willing to play power forward again next season if that's what coach Mike Woodson asked of him.

"Whatever has to happen has to happen," Anthony said.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor for ESPNNewYork.com.


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