Medical experts weigh in on Melo's shoulder

Is Carmelo Anthony's shoulder at greater risk for re-injury this season? Jim Davis/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Literally and figuratively, the Knicks' 2013-14 season rests on Carmelo Anthony's shoulders.

But are they healthy enough to carry the load?

Anthony suffered a labrum and rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder late last season. He played through the injury in the playoffs and underwent an intense rehab in the offseason.

The decision was viewed by some as a risky one.

Anthony could have gone under the knife to fix the tears in his shoulder, but surgery would have sidelined him for a portion of the regular season.

Earlier this month, Anthony acknowledged that he took a "huge risk" by deciding against the procedure. He's also said several times over the past few weeks that his shoulder feels fully healthy.

"I'm ecstatic going from a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum to not needing surgery," Anthony said. "Let me take that back: Taking a risk in not taking surgery and letting it heal on its own. I took a huge risk in doing that. It meant I had to put more time in the offseason to do what I had to do to get it right."

Anthony has looked healthy through the Knicks' first five preseason games. But the state of his shoulder will be closely monitored throughout the season.

With that in mind, we asked three shoulder experts to answer a few pertinent questions about Anthony's decision to rehab instead of having surgery.

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