New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler left the preseason overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets with a knee injury. An MRI showed that Chandler suffered a bone bruise in his left knee, and is now listed as day-to-day. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, was seen leaving Nassau Coliseum on crutches.
“I’m sure I’ll stay off it the next couple of days and then pick up work with my teammates leading into the first game of the season,” Chandler said.
Chandler’s knee is added to the lengthy list of Knicks injuries this preseason. J.R. Smith was recently seen in a walking boot (ankle) and did not travel with the team for the remainder of the preseason. He continues to say that he will be ready for the opener against the Nets. A’mare Stoudemire is sidelined with a knee injury, and will miss 2-3 weeks of the season, including the first game against Brooklyn. Iman Shumpert is recovering from a torn ACL in the first round of last year’s playoffs, and will be back by late December-January. Marcus Camby is questionable to play on opening night due to a torn calf.
The Knicks are being ravaged by injuries and the season hasn’t even begun. An injury to Chandler, one of the team’s prominent leaders and the biggest defensive presence, could doom the Knickerbockers.
Hopefully, Chandler will play on opening night. If he doesn’t, with Camby being out, Kurt Thomas (the oldest player in the NBA) may have to step in for him.
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