New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher is okay with the idea of sitting Carmelo Anthony, who is dealing with an injured left knee.
Anthony performed poorly against Portland Timbers on Sunday, as he made only five of 14 shots and was hardly able to defend. Fisher pulled him from the court at half-time.
"Carmelo is Carmelo," Fisher said. "We don"t necessarily make decisions for him. He's part of the conversation. We have our opinions and have expressed them. We all talked about different things. It's really a decision he has to make on what's best for him and his career."
Anthony is expected to play against the Clippers in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve.
He is concerned that he could need surgery after the season, but doing so in season is "the last, last option."
"We'll try to figure out the right balance," Fisher said. "Right now he wants to be in there. He feels he's capable. Sometimes it's day to day. He's smart enough [to know] when he"s jeopardizing [his status]."
Two seasons ago Anthony had a procedure that drained fluid from his left knee, but he was able to return to the court less than two weeks later. This time around, Anthony might need a cartilage clean-up.
"It was simple, stick a needle in there," Anthony said. "This is totally different. There's a different feeling. It's soreness, it's weakness, it's fatigue."