INJURY: NY sports writers reported that Anthony had played a majority of this current NBA season with a “partial tear” in the patellar tendon in his left knee. In mid-February, because of the fracture, it was determined he’d be sidelined for 4-6 months.
The patellar tendon is the muscle in front of the kneecap (patella) that works in conjunction with the quadriceps of the thigh to straighten the leg. Tears occur when active and in fast and sudden motion. Once broken, further stress is placed on the joints and muscles to make up for the haphazard connection and cramps became more frequent.
WHAT THIS MEANS: An orthopedic doctor fixes these kind of cases and patients often wear a knee brace and participate in physical therapy.
Anthony definitely stretched his injury to its limit as he last played in the recent NBA All-Star game, but Knicks president Phil Jackson announced in a press conference that the small forward would be out for the rest of the season.
CAREER: Anthony was born and raised in the neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn in 1984. His family moved to Baltimore when he was eight and he honed his basketball skills there. Nearly recruited straight out of high school, he did get to play in the 2003 NCAA as a Syracuse University student and was officially drafted in the NBA the same year for the Denver Nuggets. Now a NY Knick, he’s an 8-time All-Star, 2006’s USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year, and has won 2 Olympic gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 games, and a bronze from the 2004 games. Syracuse retired his number 15 jersey.
FUN FACT: He’s donated over $4 million to various charities including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami relief efforts and a cool $3 million to alma mater Syracuse.