May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) stands on the free throw line against the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony could miss start of 2014 regular season

The New York Knicks may never win an NBA championship with Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform, but one thing is for sure and that’s they won’t win one without him.

The Knicks certainly need their superstar to be healthy all season next year, something he wasn’t during the Knicks postseason failures this year.

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) warms up before game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

However that’s far from a certain thing right now.

By now everyone knows the fact that ‘Melo was playing with a tear in his shoulder in the playoffs, something that could ultimately cost him the beginning of next season as well.

The Knicks are hoping that the tear in shoulder can heal on its own, but if it doesn’t, Anthony may need to undergo surgery. ESPN’s Ian Begley has reported that surgery could sideline Anthony for the start of the regular season, according to one veteran orthopedic surgeon.

The current plan in place, according to a league source of Begley’s, is to have Anthony rest for the next few weeks and see if the injury improves. If surgery is necessary, it likely would not take place until late June.

The timetable would likely be at least four months for Anthony’s shoulder to completely heal. If that is the case, he could be looking at late October before being cleared to play. You would have to figure that ‘Melo would need at least a few weeks of practice to get himself into playing shape. That alone means the start of next season could be in jeopardy.

The best case scenario is that the time off helps and the shoulder heals on its own. That would be good news, but you also don’t want the problem to reoccur so surgery could be the best option ultimately.

But that is still too far off to worry about.

However if surgery is needed, it’s quite possible that the beginning of the 2014 won’t be any better than the way the 2013 season ended.

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