All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has opted to undergo surgery on his troublesome left knee and will miss the rest of the NBA season, the team announced Wednesday.
The Knicks said the surgery will include a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair. Phil Jackson, president of the Knicks, said the surgery will be performed later this week.
Anthony has missed 13 games this season because of knee soreness and other ailments, and many expected him to end his season after last weekend's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
The 30-year-old power forward started for the Eastern Conference All-Star squad, notching 13 points and seven rebounds on his home floor in what will wind up being his final box score for the year.
The announcement is the latest in a series of mishaps that have left the Knicks near the bottom of the NBA's standings this season.
The arrival of Phil Jackson as the team's president of basketball operations and a summer trade for point guard Jose Calderon were supposed to help the team compete for a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference. But at 10-43, the team owned the league's worst record heading into the All-Star break.
Anthony was traded to the Knicks in 2010 and was expected to lead the team back to prominence after years without a playoff appearance. The Knicks have made the postseason three times since Anthony arrived from the Denver Nuggets but advanced beyond the first round only once in that time.
The Knicks granted former All-Star power forward Amare Stoudemire a buyout earlier this week and will look toward the summer draft lottery as they enter another rebuilding season.
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