Melo won't return until he's 100 percent

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks grimaces Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks grimaces after suffering an injury in the first half against the Utah Jazz. (Feb. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Carmelo Anthony ran Wednesday and said he can't wait to get back on the court, but he's not sure it will be Friday when the Knicks play the Hornets.

Anthony went on Mike Francesa's show on WFAN Wednesday and said he would not return from his groin injury until he's 100 percent. After Friday's game, the Knicks play Sunday against the Mavericks.

"I won't come back until I'm 100 percent," Anthony said. "I won't do that to myself. I already tried to go out there and tried to play injured. It didn't work. We went on a losing streak and then I get all the whips on my back. I'm not doing that no more. I'm not trying to play Superman. I want to be 100 percent. I know what . . . I can do when I'm healthy."

Anthony has played with a sprained ankle, thumb and wrist earlier this season. The groin injury that kept him out of his fifth straight game Wednesday night has allowed his other issues to improve. Coach Mike D'Antoni said there's "a chance" Anthony will play Friday.

While Anthony's been out, he watched what Jeremy Lin has done to lift the Knicks and listened to the critics say Anthony is going to have to change the way he plays. Anthony said he "laughs" at people who say it can't work.

"Will I have to make adjustments, yeah," Anthony said. "Maybe my adjustment is going back to playing my natural position and not try to be a point guard. I'll figure it out. I'm a very smart basketball player. I want to go out and play ball."

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