Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) brings the ball upcourt against...

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) brings the ball upcourt against Washington Wizards forward Nene during the first half. (Nov. 23, 2013) Credit: AP

WASHINGTON -- Carmelo Anthony used the word "sad" four times as he discussed Bulls guard Derrick Rose's latest knee injury.

The superstar point guard is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery, the team said Saturday.

Rose, a former MVP who missed all of last season after tearing his left ACL, tore his right medial meniscus Friday night in Portland.

"I pray for him," Anthony said. "Keep him in my prayers."

Even though the injury isn't as serious as a torn ACL, losing Rose for any chunk of time is a huge blow for a team expecting to challenge LeBron James and the Miami Heat for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks know about knee injuries. Iman Shumpert, Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Metta World Peace have had some kind of knee procedure in the past six months.

The Rose situation and the Knicks' health concerns have Mike Woodson believing the right thing is to be cautious with Tyson Chandler, who broke a bone in his right leg Nov. 5. The timetable given for his return was four to six weeks. Woodson made it sound as if it will be closer to six than four.

"He's got to go through conditioning and all of that once he's cleared to go back on the floor and play," he said. "I still say it's some time."With AP

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