Report: Carmelo Anthony played most of season with torn patellar tendon

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Before opting for season-ending surgery earlier this month, Carmelo Anthony maintained that he'd been ailed by an injury since the Knicks' second game.


's nagging injury was a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, according to the New York Post. He underwent surgery to repair the knee Thursday, when Knicks president Phil Jackson gave a "four-to-six months" prognosis for Anthony's recovery.

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Part of the procedure Thursday was to remove calcium deposits that had formed within the tear, the report said. Because it was a partial tear, Anthony was able to continue playing, including 30 minutes in the All-Star Game earlier this month — his final appearance of the season.

Anthony has not spoken to the media since the announcement that he would end his season to have the surgery.

Despite the injury, Anthony played in 40 games for the last-place Knicks, averaging more than 35 minutes. His 24.2 points per game were fourth-most in the NBA.