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Should Carmelo Anthony Sit Out The Rest Of The NBA Season & Let The Knicks Tank?

Submitted by on February 10, 2015 – 10:26 amNo Comment

Sorry, New York Knicks fans. But regardless of whether or not Carmelo Anthony plays during the remainder of the 2014-15 NBA season, you guys are not going to the NBA Playoffs this season. Yes, the Eastern Conference is, once again, bad. And yes, a below .500 record will probably get at least one or two teams from the East into the postseason. But as of right now, the Knicks are 10-42 and, quite frankly, don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as the NBA Playoffs. So this season is pretty much a wash at this point and it’s time for your team to start tanking in order to get a really good pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

As of right now, though, there’s one thing standing between the Knicks and their free fall into the NBA’s basement: Carmelo Anthony. You see, he’s been dealing with a left knee injury that has hampered him for most of the season. And yet, he has steadfastly refused to sit on the sidelines and watch the Knicks lose. Instead, he’s tried to play. And as a result, he just injured his left knee—again—during a game against the Miami Heat last night. It has left his immediate future in doubt, and even Carmelo admitted that he’s “getting close” to checking out and sitting out the rest of the season. But should he do it?

The answer to that question is an emphatic YES. We appreciate Carmelo trying to play, especially in light of the fact that he signed a $100+ million contract last summer. But at this moment, the Knicks aren’t winning even when he’s in the lineup and he’s putting himself at risk by continuing to play. So rather than playing through the pain that his left knee is causing, we’d love to see him put his sneakers away for the rest of the season and let the Knicks fans suffer for a few months. It won’t be fun. But it will ultimately help the Knicks, Carmelo, and their fans if the team is able to get a better draft pick in June. And it’ll (hopefully!) end with the Knicks putting a better product out on the floor next season and ensure that a healthy Carmelo is back in action.

So go grab a seat, Melo. It’ll be good for you.

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