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Carmelo Anthony: I took 'huge risk' not having surgery

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09:15 AM ET 10.13 | Carmelo Anthony said he took a "huge risk" this offseason in opting not to have left-shoulder surgery and claimed he also had a torn rotator cuff to go along with a partially torn labrum. Anthony said he's "ecstatic" it has all worked out because he feels no pain so far through two preseason games. Coach Mike Woodson gave him Saturday night off against the Celtics at Verizon Wireless Arena, in a 111-81 loss, in the second night of a back-to-back. "It was all types of stuff going on in there," Anthony said in his first detailed remarks on his decision this summer. "It was messed up." Anthony said he played with the shoulder injury throughout the playoffs. Anthony said he believes he injured the shoulder against the Pacers late in the regular season when they needed the win to clinch the second seed.

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October 13, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Without Risk There Is No Reward, Bro.

October 13, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Just rub some Honey Nut Cheerios on it and get back in the game.

October 13, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Ray Lewis knows the "cure" for any injury. No, not the murder part.

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October 13, 2013  10:10 AM ET

It's a tough call to have or not to have.
Wade claims he regrets having knee surgery but then he wouldn't know where he would be if he didn't.

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October 13, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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Sometimes it works out to skip surgery. Other times not so much. I think DWill probably should have gotten surgery on his ankle this off-season.

Another one of those on the "put up or shut up" list. If you can't stay healthy, you're not a super star.

October 13, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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It's a tough call to have or not to have. Wade claims he regrets having knee surgery but then he wouldn't know where he would be if he didn't.

Wade mainly regrets having the surgery when the technology was as developed as it is now.

October 13, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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Wade mainly regrets having the surgery when the technology was as developed as it is now.

And in 15 years the technology might change for shoulder surgeries

October 13, 2013  05:41 PM ET
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.....Not sure why these guys DON'T just get the thing fixed as soon as they can

Often times, surgery is as likely to make an injury worse as it is to make it better.

October 13, 2013  07:23 PM ET
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Often times, surgery is as likely to make an injury worse as it is to make it better.

But when you're getting a $100M to appease the fan base, surgery is a bit more tolerable...

 
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