Carmelo Anthony says his rehab from left knee surgery is ahead of schedule.
“I’m doing extremely well,” the New York Knicks forward said in a phone interview with ESPN.com to discuss his new ownership of a soccer team in Puerto Rico. “Rehab is going very, very well. I'm actually ahead of schedule [compared] to where everybody predicted I would be at this point in time.”
Anthony underwent season-ending surgery to repair a tendon issue shortly after February's All-Star Game. In mid-April, Anthony said he would be completely healthy by training camp. He is still on pace to achieve that goal.
“As far [as the predicted time frame] goes, it’s going very well,” Anthony said.
Anthony hasn’t yet scrimmaged with teammates, but he’s been shooting at the Knicks' training facility and weightlifting.
That Anthony’s rehab is going well is a positive development for the Knicks. Team president Phil Jackson is hoping to build the team into a contender, and the 31-year-old Anthony will be a vital part of that effort. The Knicks have the No. 4 pick in the draft and will have approximately $27 million to spend in free agency this summer -- two tools Jackson must use to add talent around Anthony.
During the phone interview, Anthony also made it clear that his involvement with Puerto Rico FC, his soccer team in the NASL, will not take away from his responsibilities with the Knicks.
“The first thing I do every day is I wake up and spend my mornings in the gym,” said Anthony, who is entering the second year of a five-year contract with the Knicks. “That goes without saying. Basketball will always be my No. 1 priority.”