The Knicks rough start to the season just got a little bit rougher. Starting Center Tyson Chandler will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his right fibula, according to sources.
Chandler injured his leg after colliding with Kemba Walker early in yesterday’s game. Chandler fell to the floor, walked off under his own power, but did not return. The Knicks went on to lose the game falling to 1-3 on the season.
With Chandler out, the Knicks not only lose one of the league’s best defensive centers, but also the teams most irreplaceable player.
The Knicks don’t have another consistent interior defender, rebounder, or true center. The Knicks backup center is Cole Aldrich who hasn’t even played in a game this season. The only other 7-footer on the team is Andrea Bargnani who is more of an outside shooter than a low-post scorer and rebounder.
Knicks players will now have to step up, and Amare Stoudemire is someone who could provide the spark this team needs. Stoudemire though is on a 10-minutes per game limit due to his knee problems, so the team won’t be able to rely on him with Chandler out.
Carmelo Anthony already leads the league playing an average of 42 minutes per game, and is the teams leading rebounder. Anthony is doing all he can for the Knicks, and it’s unclear how much more weight he can carry for this team.
Until Chandler returns, it’s going to be up to Anthony and company to keep the team afloat, otherwise this Knicks season could be over quickly.