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Knicks’ Tyson Chandler out 4-6 weeks with fractured right fibula

Nov 6, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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This is not good for the Knicks. Not good at all.

Starting center and defensive anchor Tyson Chandler will be out 4-6 weeks with a small non-displaced fracture of the right fibula, the team announced. He will be out 4 to 6 weeks.

Here’s what you need to know — the Knicks’ defense allows just 92.2 points per 100 possessions when Chandler is on the court and 107.1 when he sits. That’s 15 points per 100 possessions (and there are usually just shy of 100 possessions per game). The Knicks also get killed in rebounding when Chandler sits.

It’s bad.

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The injury occurred in the first quarter Tuesday when Chandler banged knees with Kemba Walker of the Bobcats. Chandler went to the bench then had to be helped back to the locker room. By the way, the Knicks went on to lose to the Bobcats and fall to 1-3 on the season.

The only other legitimate center they have on the roster is Cole Aldrich, who is frankly a fringe NBA player, a guy on the league bubble. Coach Mike Woodson said this will mean more Kenyon Martin (he was forced into action in what was supposed to be a night off Tuesday), but prior to that game he hadn’t played more than 16 minutes a night and was platooning with the also banged up Amare Stoudemire. There will be more Stoudemire too, Woodson said.

There is Andrea Bargnani in the roster, but you can’t expect him to play defense (or do much else well so far this season).

The Knicks have a big problem here. They should go back to Carmelo Anthony at the four and try to figure out a center rotation, but there really are no good answers.

They are still a playoff team in the East, but if the next month they struggle then cannot get higher than a 5 seed in the playoffs, it is a long road from there to where owner James Dolan thinks they should be.

  1. kingwithringz - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    They still got Kenyon Martin and Amare (if healthy). Plus, they get JR Smith back next game.

    • basketballgod87 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      What do you expect them to do they are old and amare cant defend anything.The knicks are in trouble and be hope into some old guys want work

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      So you’re saying that Knicks fans should find hope in a washed up oft-injured big (Kenyon Martin), another oft injures, barely available big (Amare, 12 minutes played last game) and a head case chucker (J. R.)? Sounds like a plan to me…

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      What better way to improve your interior defense than by adding JR Smith

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        How bout by losing Dwight Howard.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        How about by losing Dwight Howard.

  2. cg2424 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Is this the Thunder’s chance to unload Perkins?

    (Just wishful thinking, I know.)

    • Kevin S. - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      No, because the Knicks actually have nothing that would entice the Thunder to dump a worthless player with two years left on his deal.

      It’s that bad.

  3. phillysports1 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM


  4. pistolpete0903 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    The Knicks are in for a long season.
    Another one-and-done in the playoffs, I guess.

  5. sportsfan18 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    But the Knicks still have a top 10 player! A player making over $23 million this year. Surely he’s a solid two way player, one who is good on D and efficient on offense…

    Hey, of the top 50 scorers in the league right now (other than R. Westbrook who has only played in one game, all others are at 3, 4 or 5 games played in the top 50 right now), Melo has the LOWEST shooting percentage of any of them.

    Just more proof that he scores a lot because he shoots a lot…

    He’s 9th, on the Knicks in shooting percentage! Yet he’s taken OVER a quarter of the teams shots so far this year.

    Clink, clank, clunk…

    I had the Knicks competing with the Nets for the 4th seed in the East this year… NOT gonna happen.

  6. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Tyson Chandelier

  7. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Knicks fans loved to shout how the Rockets overpaid Jeremy Lin. Meanwhile two thirds the most expensive frontcourt in NBA history are oft-injured. Better to be over paid and available than overpaid and in street clothes.

    • cruzan80 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      True, but you can’t predict injuries therefore you can’t fault the Knicks for signing very talented players to big contracts. When healthy, both Amare & Tyson EARNED their contracts. Amare statistically had his best season as a pro & was an all-star his first season as a Knick & Tyson won DPOY in his 1st season. Lin, (who is often injured himself) was benched as recent as a week ago for someone named Patrick Beverley. It’s fun playing Captain Hindsight though I guess…..

      • bougin89 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        They couldn’t get Amare’s contract insured because of his knees. If that’s not as big a red flag as any I don’t know what is.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Actually in Amar’e’s case you absolutely could predict injuries. There’s a reason Phoenix wouldn’t guarantee him more than three years even with the wizards they have on their medical staff and there’s a reason the league’s insurance policy wouldn’t touch his knees.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Your argument is severely flawed. Amare’s knees were and are UNINSURABLE (see, I can use caps too) and in case you haven’t heard, insurance companies make a lot of money because they can usually see these things coming. Also, he had microfracture surgery before even coming to NY. I would never give 100 mil to a pair of uninsurable knees connected to a big who isn’t interested in playing defense. That albatross is untradable. I bet the Rockets can get a decent offer to unload Lin tomorrow.
        As far as Chandler is concerned, just look at his injury history. Yes, he’s an elite defender who gives you zero on offense. His contract actually looks like a swimsuit model sitting next too the cow that is Amare’s contract.
        Finally, Lin’s benching had just as much to do about fit as it did about the emergence of Beverley. Bev is a defense-first player who can play well with the first unit since his style of play meshes Harden better. Lin needs the ball in his hands and so does James. Bringin Lin in with the 2nd unit as a sixth man only makes sense. Are you saying Shumpert is better than J.R. only because he starts?
        Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but Amare’s deal was a trainwreak that everyone saw coming. Mark Cuban let Chandler walk because the Knicks overpaid. Cuban knows a thing or two about basketball given his number of championships in the last 10 years exceeds the Knicks in the last 40 years.

    • adamsjohn714 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      The irony of this comment is that, in the case of Bargnani, it’s better for the knicks if he’s overpaid AND injured/unavailable.

  8. cruzan80 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Apparently the basketball Gods still haven’t forgiven the Knicks for trading Ewing to the Sonics…..

  9. kb2408 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    The Knicks are screwed…Tyson is their MVP.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Glad to see the thumbs up to this!

      It sure as hell isn’t MeHog/MeBrick… and the 9 thumbs up to only one thumb down at the time I replied to you shows that others agree that Melo isn’t their MVP.

  10. sdelmonte - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    And now my Bad Team set is complete. Giants? A total failure? Isles? Going backwards. Mets? Well, at least I wasn’t expecting them to contend next season. And now this.

    Time to see what’s going on in Brooklyn. Even if I still plan to root against them.

  11. henryd3rd - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Hey Dolan, how does your comment that this team should be a contender for the NBA championship look now? What a joke! I can see a lot of NYC fans making the trip to Brooklyn to watch real NBA Basketball.

    Donny Walsh must have a smile on his face wide enough to cross the Brooklyn Bridge? And where is Zeke?

  12. spacemaker101 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Tyson = trash.. Get the ball to melo

    • adamsjohn714 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      I believe Melo had the ball for 28 shots recently. He chipped in a whopping 32 points!!!! Maybe pass it around a bit more..

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Melo is currently in 201st place on the all time NBA true shooting percentage leaders…

      You know, the stat that combines 2 pt shooting, 3 point shooting and free throws…

      Melo scores a lot because he shoots a lot, period. Want proof?

      Last season he led the league in scoring at 28.7 pts a game on 22.22 shots a game. Durant was 2nd in scoring at 28.1 pts a game on 17.7 shots a game.

      Go back two yrs ago and Melo averaged 18.6 shots a game (still MORE than Durant averaged per game last season when he scored 28.1 pts a game) but he ONLY averaged 22.6 pts a game.

      Had Melo taken only 17.7 shots a game his scoring average would have been right around 21.5 points a game compared to Durant’s 28.1 points a game.

      So Melo sure isn’t an efficient scorer, just a volume scorer.

      And let’s not begin to discuss Melo’s defensive abilities…

  13. 5xchamp24 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    put a fork in em!

  14. brotherlove2012 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Bargnani, oh god! You guys are in so much trouble … Interior defense, intensity, rebounding … Hahahaha!

  15. jimeejohnson - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Just won’t let you be,

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