Melo out for 2nd day with left knee injury

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony sat out of practice for the second straight day with a hyperextended left knee.

Anthony suffered the injury in the middle of Monday afternoon’s practice.

He became entangled with a teammate during 5-on-5 drills and his foot slipped. He appeared to be in discomfort but walked off under his own power but did not return to practice.

He is officially listed as day to day.

Mike D’Antoni is hopeful that Anthony will return to practice later this week. He did not rule out the possibility of Anthony sitting out of the Knicks’ preseason opener against the Nets on Saturday. But the coach said it was too early to have an accurate assessment.

“I thought he was fine yesterday, I think he’s fine today,” D’Antoni said. “He’s just day to day. We’re just being sure that he’s OK. I don’t see anything more than a day or two, hopefully.”

Anthony was still sore on Tuesday.

“We’ll just make sure that goes away before he goes again,” he said.

Reserve guard/forward Bill Walker also sat out of Tuesday’s practice with a strained left groin. He is listed as day to day as well.

Anthony said on Monday that his knee injury was not serious.

"I tried to make a move, I tried to plant. My foot slipped," Anthony said. "I kind of hyperextended my leg a little, my knee a little bit. But I'm fine."

The All-Star small forward underwent surgery to repair knee and elbow injuries in the offseason. He hyperextended the opposite knee on Monday.

Late last week, Anthony said that he'd enter training camp feeling "better this season than I've felt in a long long time."

Tuesday was just the fifth day of practice since the lockout ended. The Knicks have just two preseason games against the Nets (on the road Saturday, at home Wednesday) before they start the compressed 66-game season.

That’s one reason why D’Antoni didn’t want to rush Anthony back on the practice court.

“We’ll have enough time to put everything in. We’ll have enough time to correct things. But, injuries, in a shortened season, you miss two or three weeks [and] you’ve missed ten games. That’s tough,” he said. “…. If something happens, he doesn’t have a month to recover and get ready for the season. The season’s right around the corner.”

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