Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
You may recall Anthony diving into the stands on a few occasions in the beginning of the season. He can't risk injuries if he wants to be named MVP this year.
In order for Anthony to remain in contention for the NBA MVP award, he's got to stay healthy. The last thing the Knicks need is for Carmelo Anthony to be out for an extended period of time.
He's missed seven games thus far because of injuries, and if this keeps up, it's going to hurt his attempt at winning. He's hurt his ankle, hand and knee this season, and all of those injuries could come back and bite Melo in the rear in the long run if not nursed properly.
Over the course of his career, Carmelo has had three seasons, not including last year's shortened one, where he hasn't reached 70 games played, and this is a cause for concern, especially when you consider what No. 7 is enduring for the sake of winning this time around.
He's playing in 37.2 minutes per game, and over the course of a full NBA season, this can take a toll on the human body, especially the way Carmelo plays—a game that requires a lively pop from the legs.
If Anthony can remain healthy enough to play in at least 70 games, he'll be able to build up his statistics and image to win the MVP.