In a press release issued on NBA.com, the team stated, "The New York Knickerbockers announced today that Carmelo Anthony will have season-ending left knee surgery. The procedure, which will be performed by Team Orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen, includes a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair."
And as you might imagine, there was a wide and diverse range of opinions about the news on Twitter.
Phil Jackson reacted to the news, for starters, per Adam Zagoria of NBA.com:
He also gave a timetable for Anthony's return, per the Knicks on Twitter:
And he talked about the team going forward without Anthony this season and why the star was permitted to play in the All-Star Game, per Marc Berman of the New York Post:
In the end, Jackson said the decision was Anthony's, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday:
That didn't come as a surprise to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who noted it's Anthony who holds the most power in the organization:
Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, meanwhile, is questioning the timing of this decision:
The Knicks are going to be a tough team to watch down the stretch. They've been horrible without Anthony in the lineup, as ESPN Stats & Info tweeted:
The Knicks desperately need to improve in the offseason, and without Anthony playing the remainder of the year, the team has an excellent chance of earning the top overall pick in this summer's draft (and certainly should wind up with a top-three selection).
While Anthony is being shut down just days after the All-Star Game was held at Madison Square Garden, it never really made sense for the obviously injured Anthony to continue playing for the floundering Knicks this season.
At least at the end of this lost season, the Knicks might have a pot of gold in the form of the top overall pick in the draft waiting for them as Anthony goes through the recovery process to get to 100 percent for next year.