Knicks center Tyson Chandler out 4-6 weeks with leg injury

Tyson Chandler injured
Tyson Chandler was injured Tuesday night after Kemba Walker ran into his leg.
Credit: Getty Images

For a Knicks team off to an ugly 1-3 start, the last thing they needed was an injury on top of it.

But the team got the bad news it dreaded Wednesday morning when Tyson Chandler learned he has a hairline fracture in his right leg and will be out four to six weeks. The injury is nondisplaced and will not require surgery.

It will, however, require major changes to the Knicks lineup. Chandler, the 2011-12 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is the key to the team’s defense. He is also the only true center the team has on its roster.

Chandler injured his leg on a freak play where Bobcats guard Kemba Walker was fouled and he stumbled into Chandler’s right leg at 5:25 in the first quarter. He did not return.

Chandler is averaging 7.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season.

Kenyon Martin said Tuesday night he was ready to step in, should Chandler’s injury be serious, but the 35-year-old, 6-foot-9 veteran is not a true center.

“Of course we miss him. He’s our anchor,” said Carmelo Anthony, after Tuesday’s game. “But nobody has told us anything about him right now, so we just have to hope for the best. We gotta remain positive, because it’s real easy to go into a dark place right now.”

The team traded for Andrea Bargnani, the only other 7-footer on the roster, but he is not a back-to-the-basket player and has never been a defensive force. He has also gotten off to a rough start to his Knicks career.

Power forward Amar’e Stoudemire is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and has not shown the ability to play regular minutes. Stoudemire was actually booed by the MSG faithful Tuesday night.

The Knicks cut center Jeremy Tyler after the preseason, but he has been playing for Erie, the team’s D-League franchise, and head coach Mike Woodson alluded to the fact they may have to bring him up. However, he is also still rehabbing from offseason surgery.

The Knicks began the season 6-0 last year and finished 54-28.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Books

Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp