New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a small left shoulder tear late in the regular season that was revealed during an MRI on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

The Knicks are hopeful Anthony will not need surgery, according to the source, who added the team plans to allow its All-Star to rest for the next three to four weeks in an attempt to allow the injury to heal.

If it is not healed at that point, then surgery would be considered, the source said.

The New York Daily News earlier reported Anthony's injury.

Anthony revealed on Monday that he played with pain in his shoulder throughout the postseason. He first suffered the injury on April 14 against the Indiana Pacers and aggravated it several times during the postseason.