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Carmelo Anthony on in-game migraine: ‘Everything started flickering’


Carmelo Anthony somehow managed to score 20 points in Saturday’s 99-89 loss to the Washington Wizards while playing 40 minutes despite developing migraine symptoms during the first quarter and experiencing them throughout the game.

The New York Knicks superstar did sit out Sunday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings but returned to practice Tuesday and plans to play in Wednesday night’s tilt with the Chicago Bulls.

Anthony, who suffered migraines more frequently during his time with the Denver Nuggets but has mostly been free and clear of symptoms since coming to the Big Apple, says in hindsight that removing himself from the court would have been a wiser course of action instead of battling through the debilitating ailment.

“There’s no explanation,” Anthony said after Tuesday’s practice, via the New York Post. “I used to get migraines years ago when I was in Denver, but I haven’t had one in a while. I don’t know what triggered it. It just happened. If anybody has had migraines, you know it kind of drains you and takes everything away from you. I was just happy to be back on the court and playing, full practice and scrimmaging.

“I can’t explain how it feels. If you’ve had it, you understand,” said Anthony who still finished that Washington game with 20 points. “I probably should have [taken] myself out of the game at that point.”

Anthony also illustrated how disturbing it is to suffer a migraine on the basketball court.

“It was worse then [in Denver] because I dealt with it on a consistent basis. But this time when you start feeling it come on, it’s too late,” he explained. “So when I felt it and I was on the free-throw line, the lights just started flickering. Everything started flickering. The basket was wavering a little bit so it’s something you cannot explain.”

As if Anthony’s nightmare of a Knicks season couldn’t get any worse, now he’s dealing again with migraines. It probably has inspired to ask himself what he’s doing wrong one more time. Given how horribly everything has gone down over the past couple of years, it’s not surprising he reportedly might reconsider waiving his no-trade clause and get out of New York.