Chandler Injury A Big Scare For Knicks

VIDEO: Tyson Chandler goes down after a collision

NEW YORK — For the New York Knicks, a 1-2 record to start the season isn’t necessarily something to worry about. An injury to Tyson Chandler is.

Chandler injured his right knee in a collision with the Bobcats’ Kemba Walker in the first quarter on Tuesday. The Knicks said that x-rays taken were “inconclusive” and that their center will undergo further testing on Wednesday.

“We don’t know the severity yet,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said afterward. “We’ll know more tomorrow morning.”

The injury forced Kenyon Martin into duty on a night he was scheduled to take off. And if Chandler is to miss more time, Woodson’s plan of using Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire* as the back-up big man on alternate nights basically goes out the window in Game 4.

* Stoudemire has looked awful in his limited action. On Tuesday, he shot 1-for-3 with five turnovers in 11:13. Both misses were blocked.

More importantly, the Knicks’ defense, which has looked terrible in their last two games, stands to suffer even more. The team that ranked 17th defensively last season played well on that end of the floor in Chicago on Thursday, but was brutal at times against Minnesota on Sunday, and especially in the first half against the Bobcats.

“Our defense … It stinks right now,” Woodson said. “Defensively, we are all over the place right now and that’s a reflection on me as a coach.”

Charlotte’s entire offense was strictly pick-and-rolls for Walker and Ramon Sessions, and New York could do little to stop them, allowing 64 points on 46 first-half possessions en route to a 102-97 defeat.

After dealing with multiple injuries last season, Chandler had looked healthy and much more active in the Knicks’ first three games, averaging 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. He was back in Defensive Player of the Year form, with the Knicks allowing just 90.0 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, as opposed to 107.1 with him on the bench. They got outrebounded 46-29 after he left the game on Tuesday.

“He was really playing well,” Woodson said. “He’s got his energy and his strength back this year.”

Chandler’s impact isn’t limited to the defensive end of the floor. The Knicks have Carmelo Anthony and will get J.R. Smith back from suspension after one more game, but need their pick-and-roll game — of which Chandler is a huge part of — to keep their offense balanced.

“He’s a big piece to what we do,” Woodson said.

“He’s our anchor on our defensive end,” Anthony added, “so we miss him big time.”

Point blank, Chandler is the Knicks’ most important player. And if he’s out long, the 1-3 Knicks could see their season go further downhill.

So New York will hope that Chandler’s injury is minor. But even if it is, it’s a worry, because we saw last season that a hobbled Chandler can’t hold this defense together.

UPDATE: The Knicks announced Wednesday morning that Chandler has “a small non-displaced fracture of the right fibula.” There was no ligament damage and he does not require surgery, but HE is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action.


  1. Qui Bird says:

    Melo is a great player, but I think he needs to team up with another superstar to get over the hump. He plays team ball and the media still doesn’t like that. When you have King James turning his teammates into set shooters, dominating the ball for majority of the shot clock, and always complaining to the official because he wants every call even touch fouls, whereas, Melo gets road to the basket every time. Kevin Durant goes to the free throw line to many times and the media just looks over the sorry defense that he plays, but he is the superstar behind James. In my view Melo did it the right way GO TO COLLEGE(WON), ROB OF CO-ROOKIE of the YEAR, and GAVE NUGGETS A CHANCE TO REGROUP WHEN HE LEFT FOR NY.

  2. u cant handle the lies! says:

    amare stoudemire = worst contract in NBA history

  3. Jacob says:

    as a knick fan, I am very upset to see chandler injured like this. he was the anchor of the defense and we will miss him a lot. hopefully he has a speedy recovery and definitely not rushed. as far as bargnari starting at center, may gd help us all because that man cant grab a rebound to save his life. the next 4-6 weeks are gonna be bumpy for us. thankfully this injury came in the 1st week of the season.

    as far as amare, unfortunately nobody wants him and we don’t need him so we just have to ride out his contract till the end. metta and shump need to step up BIG TIME on defense to get some stops. melo needs to step up big time as well and hopefully jr smith comes back and helps us put some point on the board. as far as woodson, I don’t really blame it on him. hes a great coach but theres only so much he can do. its up to the players to perform. and hes definitely a step up from d’antoni/

  4. sekousmitze says:

    the knicks are over since they have signed carmelo anthony as a franchise player.
    they will not win anything related to basketball with him, only dollars from jersey sales (thanks to the hype factory).
    TRADE HIM before the contract-end, is there is a team any dumb to take him

  5. xprince23x says:

    Donny Walsh put the wheels back on this team, just so Dolan could crash the car again. We are doing the same thing we did when Isiah was here. Pay big money for big names that can’t play with each other. Over the past decade, coaches, players and GM’s have come and gone. The only thing that has remained the same is the owner. The Knicks went to the finals in 1999. Dolan took over in 2000.

  6. Cash says:

    Curry still got the jewelry. Self Preserve. Stay Healthy.

  7. DC says:

    What does Woodson have to do with this? lol

  8. Roy says:

    The best they can do to bolster their defense is give Metta World Elbows some heavy starting minutes. Along with keeping Iman out for heavy minutes over JR.

  9. Knickerbocker says:

    Knicks needs to get rid of Woodson.PERIOD>

  10. alexe says:

    you guys all talk too much

  11. ko0kiE says:

    Knicks are not even a Top4 in the east with Chandler..

  12. tarik says:

    alot of teams could use amare, like the mavs, he would be big help there and thats the type of guy they need

    • justsayin says:

      Don’t know about Dallas, they already have a pretty good 4 named Novitski – but Houston might be a better fit if the decide to shop Asik. Though when Amare’s not busy getting injured, the Knicks are busy not playing him. He needs to long some major mins and touches to knock that rust off – and it’s hard to say if, at the least, teams won’t view him as a health risk trade-wise.

      As for Chandler, lose him long enough and they may wind up in tha TANK.

  13. jaycee21 says:

    the knicks should trade amare for a better post player.. because ny aint got any low post presence and melo should attack the basket more.. go back to the bullyball melo that gets to the freethrow line alot

  14. MiLo from Germany says:

    and Carmelo and Chandler and Smith, should i keep going? This Team will never win anything…

  15. Carlos says:

    Amare si not domingo antihigiénico in NY. The Knicks needs have a responsable triple shooter as Ray Allen or Novak back.

  16. asdfghjkl says:

    It doesn’t matter how explosive the Knicks are offensively if they can’t play Defense

  17. J says:

    I just don’t think the knicks are true title contenters

    • Stan says:

      No-one does other than Dolan and some overzealous fans. I honestly don’t even think Dolan believes it and is just laying some groundwork to make some big changes once they fail

  18. eastbrook russell says:

    I think it’s a bliss rather than a scare. Now they can justify failure, and let’s face it with or without chandler this is an awful team that runs depressingly little on offense for a professional team, as well as sports a collection of some of the worst defenders in the league. Good luck to prophet JR in getting out of the East to win the ring….erhm make it to the playoffs

    • Davro83 says:

      Yeah theyve known that for a while, but no one wants him. All they can do is wait for contract to expire.

    • And who would need to replace him this season?

    • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

      that’s what I’ve been saying for YEARS!
      I think that is the first time I’ve ever agreed with you on anything..

      Anybody can see that Amare is holding the team back, he is completely washed up, he’ll never be the Amare we saw in Pheonix with Nash. He’s DONE!
      Just think … for the amount of money they are paying Amare to come off the bench and turn the ball over, and punch fire extinguishers, they could be paying Rondo to properly facilitate Ny’s offense which looks like a joke right now! I hope the Knicks trade him by the deadline, or AMNESTY HIM! Otherwise, Melo is leaving NY, and @ this point I don’t blame him

      • sirfrosalot says:

        Cant use amnesty – already used on billups to make cap room to sign chandler… Imagine if it was used on STAT instead and we started the 2x point guard attack with mr big shot along with tyson!

      • Stan says:

        The Knicks have already used their amnesty on Billups, and noone will take his contract. They are stuck with him for another year or will get very little in return

    • SixerFanEU says:

      Agreed, but how? Who’d take him?

    • Pimponetti says:

      NYK are doomed without Ty. he made the TEAM. Now they are just a selfish bunch of stats fillers. Melo MOP.