NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder that may require surgery if it doesn't heal on its own, according to the New York Daily News.
An MRI revealed the tear, the Daily News reported. The team previously announced Anthony would have the shoulder examined.
Anthony first hurt his shoulder on April 14 against the Indiana Pacers. Now it seems he played the entire Knicks playoff run -- 12 games -- with a partial tear.
"It was bothering me since it happened," Anthony said Monday. "To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came a point where you just try not to think about it. That's where I was at mentally."
He aggravated the injury in the first round against Boston. After the Celtics series, a banged-up Anthony said his arm "just kind of popped in and out a little bit."
The team is "hopeful" that Anthony won't need surgery, telling the NBA's scoring champ to take it easy "for the next three to four weeks" until he can be reevaluated, the Daily News reported.
New York was eliminated Saturday by the Pacers.
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