After plenty of speculation, ESPN has announced that Carmelo Anthony will sit out the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Carmelo Anthony, who has only played 40 of the Knicks 53 games, has been sidelined due to discomfort in his left knee: there has been plenty of speculation, including a quote from Anthony himself, suggesting that he would call it quits after the All-Star game — an event where he played 30 minutes and scored 14 points while going 6 of 20 from the field.

On top of this, ESPN sources have pointed out that he is likely to go under the knife to hopefully repair his left knee. It is not a surprise that the superstar would want to look towards the future: the New York Knicks sit with the worst record in the league at 10-43. So it is probably better that he deals with the injury now and does not let it linger. In 2014 he signed a five year $124 million contract, so obviously Phil Jackson hopes to build a playoff team around him.

He finishes the 2014-2015 season with 24.2 PPG, 3.1 APG and only 2.2 turnovers per game. At the same time, while the Knicks need to look towards the future, this means their hellish season is about to get worse. The already putrid team is 0-13 without him with 7.1 less PPG and a field goal percentage of 40.9. So if you think they were hard to watch originally, prepare to buckle down.

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