After a disappointing first half of the season, Carmelo Anthony is shutting it down.
The New York Knicks All-Star forward underwent season-ending knee surgery Thursday to improve the healing potential of his ailing left knee. Anthony had a procedure called knee debridement, according to MSN Sports.
A knee debridement is the removal of torn, damaged or infected tissue. In addition to the knee debridement, surgeons repaired Anthony’s injured left knee tendon, reports Newsday.
The Knicks said in a statement that they expect Anthony to be out for four to six months. Anthony said he started to feel soreness in his knee in the second game of the season but waited until after the All-Star break to have surgery.
The Knicks will likely look forward to the 2015 NBA draft this June. The loss of Anthony sets the team up for a top-4 draft pick, which could bolster their lineup.