Carmelo Anthony took a frightening tumble on Monday night during the New York Knicks’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the Knicks grabbed a rebound in the second quarter, Anthony looked to receive an outlet pass and appeared to trip over his own feet. He then grabbed toward his knee in pain.
According to head coach Mike Woodson, the tumble could have been avoided if he had listened to his superstar. During an interview with “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on 98.7 ESPN New York on Tuesday, Woodson revealed that Anthony asked to be removed from the game due to knee discomfort prior to falling down.
“Melo was hurt,” Woodson said. “For him to ask me to come out of the game before he actually took that spill made me realize that something wasn’t right. He’s never ever, ever, even hinted about coming out of the game [before Monday]. I play him too much in that regard. Melo’s a trooper — he’s a warrior, he’s a tough kid.
“I should have [taken him out]. Stubborn coach — I