Carmelo getting shoulder checked out

GREENBURGH, NY -- Carmelo Anthony will have his injured left shoulder re-examined by doctors in the coming days to determine the extent of damage and course of rehabilitation.

"I don't think it's any major damage," Anthony said Monday after meeting with the Knicks' coaching staff for exit interviews. "But we'll see. We'll find that out shortly."

Anthony first injured his shoulder on April 14 against the Pacers. He said Monday that it affected him throughout the postseason.

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Here are other highlights from Anthony's session with reporters on Monday:

On free-agent-to-be J.R. Smith returning to New York: "J.R’s a special player. To me and to everybody on this team, he made a huge step forward as a basketball player. ... I definitely would love him back here."

On Amar'e Stoudemire's knee injuries: "As a friend it's hard for me to sit back and watch somebody that I wanted to come in and play with go through some of the things, the ups and downs, the hurdles that he had to leap and the injuries that he had to go through and still not be as strong as he could be. As a friend and as his guy I would want him to be as healthy as he can be, do whatever it takes to get back healthy."

On the standard the Knicks have set: "We kind of teased the city of New York a little bit. Because now everybody expects us to play at this level, this high level. That's where we hold ourselves accountable and (we'll) push ourselves in this offseason to come back and be at that level or even better."

On his input into free agency: "I’ll leave that up to the front office. If they want my input they know how to get in contact with me. We’ll be in contact throughout the offseason. But I’ll leave that up to them. That’s what they do."

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