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Knicks’ Tyson Chandler said he expects to be back before New Year’s Day

Dec 9, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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Knicks fans could use a little good news, so we’re here to help out.

Tyson Chandler’s return from a broken leg should be here in the next few weeks.

Chandler returned to practice on Monday, in a limited role, then told reporters he thought he would be back before New Year’s Day, as tweeted by Barbara Barker of Newsday.

Chandler was expected to be out 4-6 weeks, and this Friday will be five.

Chandler is the anchor of the Knicks defense — before he went down the Knicks’ defense was 15 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the court. If his return can lift the 26th-ranked Knicks defense just up to average their offense (which has shown signs of life lately) could carry them to some wins.

If not, Mike Woodson may want to polish up his resume.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    The end of December is well beyond the timeline of 4-6 weeks. According to the initial timeline, he should be back no later than the 20th.

    This isn’t good really news.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Typical MSG. They always understate injuries and timetables. I knew he was gone for two months minimal, so I didn’t get my hopes up for him to return before Christmas. Even if he does return by then, he won’t be back into game shape until mid-January. If they can get back to .500 by then, it will be yeoman’s work. I do not expect much from my boys with these ridiculously wild swings they have. Two huge blowout wins. Two huge blowout (and embarrassing effort) blowout losses in those Sunday noon games that the Knicks used to always win. Those hideous orange jerseys have got to go. We can’t win in them.

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    This dude is a legit player unlike the Knicks be a much better with him back..then watch Melo suck and shoot his team out of the playoffs again

    • cruzan80 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      Good God your dumb….

  3. bougin89 - Dec 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Some players show just how valuable they are to a team when they have to sit out. Add Chandler to the list. Knicks really need him.

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Sighhh…remember that time Anthony and Stodemire were both sat out? The Knicks were young no ones just runnin’ and gun’in up and down the floor. Passing the ball around with Lin at the point.

      Those were fun times.

  4. somekat - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Seems to me, when they were putting this team together, they just assumed Chandler would handle all the D down low, so they didn’t have to worry about guys who played D with the rest of their front court. Chandler is good enough on D that, although they’ll never be a “good” defensive team, they are respectable with him on the floor. The problems arise, as they have, when he’s out, or when he’s on the bench (either getting a blow or if he gets in foul trouble).

    This sixers fan is glad he’s coming back, they should have no problem passing the sixers in the standings with him back

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