The Knicks' roster may be decimated by injuries, but the team received at least one piece of good news today. Carmelo Anthony is listed as probable for tonight's game against Orlando, and told reporters, including Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, that he'll be ready to play (Twitter link). Even shorthanded, the Knicks look like good bets to pick up a win at home against an 18-50 Magic squad. Here are a few more notes out of New York:
- The Knicks may soon have to decide on whether to cut Kurt Thomas or Rasheed Wallace, as both players are expected to be sidelined well into April, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post. According to Berman, the club will likely stand pat for now to see how Thomas and Wallace are healing, but could release one of them to open up a roster spot for a D-League big man.
- Coach Mike Woodson told reporters, including Begley (Twitter link), that he's "not sure" whether the Knicks will make a roster move. Woodson intends to talk to GM Glen Grunwald about it later today.
- There are conflicting views on whether the timeline for Thomas' foot injury (two to four weeks) is realistic. Berman spoke to Dr. Anish Kadakia, a leading orthopedic foot surgeon at Northwestern Hospital, who said that because Thomas' stress fracture is not new, he could recover within a month. However, Dr. Steven Weinfeld, the chief of foot and ankle service at the Icahn School of Medicine, told the New York Times that the timeline for Thomas might be overly optimistic. "My experience is these things don’t heal quite that quickly," Weinfeld said. "I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses more time than that."