After the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, Carmelo Anthony will finally be able to rest.
The Knicks forward has played with a knee injury, which will require season-ending surgery, as New York has dragged its feet to an NBA-worst record of 10-43.
Following Sunday's game, Anthony has said it's "very likely" he'll call it a season.
"If we had a winning record and had a chance to make it to the playoffs, there would probably be a lot of discussion about keeping it going, but taking time off before the playoffs,” Anthony told NBA.com on Friday at the media day session.
Anthony has missed 13 games this season, including two in the past week after reaggravating his knee injury on Monday.
To preserve its star attraction, New York has reduced his minutes and held him out of the second game of back-to-back sets.
But since late December, talk of shutting down Anthony has been ever-present when it became clear the Knicks had really no shot at making the playoffs.
The former scoring champion resisted, but now it appears he's come to grips with his fate and will take in the moment in front of his home crowd at his eighth career All-Star game.
"Yeah, I was waiting for the moment," Anthony said. "The All-Star Game is here in New York, so of course, I was waiting for it."
The wait will soon be over.
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