According to the Knicks, Anthony's bothersome right knee had to be drained on March 14, putting his availability for upcoming games in doubt.
Carmelo Anthony had a soft tissue fluid collection of his posterior right knee aspirated today in NY. He is questionable for Sunday at LA.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 14, 2013
After leading his team to a surprising 18-5 start and playing the best basketball of his career, things have gone downhill in a hurry for Melo. But this is a guy who has struggled through more than his share of letdowns over the years, so this latest setback probably feels uncomfortably familiar to him.
It hasn't always been injuries that have prevented Anthony from making good on expectations. In fact, durability has been one of his calling cards. But personal slip-ups, professional blunders and the occasional non-basketball mistakes have combined to prevent Melo from reaching the levels he—and just about everyone else—believe are within his reach.
Looking back over Anthony's career, we'll see that this season is just the latest in a string of disappointing campaigns that have piled up at an alarming rate over the years.