After the New York Knicks raided their local old folks home in search of free agent pickups, everyone sort of knew that injuries may eventually become a problem down the line. When you have the oldest team in NBA history and your starting point guard 39 [edit: or not], health is a pretty big concern. Still, New York’s management and coaching staff decided to proceed cautiously – no doubt figuring that, as difficult as it may be, they would be able to replace all of their veteran acquisitions should the need arise.
What team brass didn’t account for, however, is having to be without one of their three core players. On Wednesday night, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler banged knees with Gerald Wallace and had to be helped off the court.
His status from this point going forward is up in the air.
“I feel alright. I’m hoping it isn’t much so I can continue to work with the guys to get ready for the start of the season," Chandler said (via NJ.com). "They’re just taking precautions until I get the MRI, so that’s why I have the crutches. ... I don’t want it to look any more worse than it is. They just said to stay off it. Not much [concern]. I just feel like I have a sprain."
Mike Woodson was optimistic, too.
“We don’t know the extent of it. He’ll get more evaluations and then we’ll go from there," he said. "I never got the chance to see [how Chandler was injured]. I just saw him fall down. He said he’s fine but he’ll get reevaluated to see where he is."
Carmelo Anthony also weighed in.
"The only injury we are concerned about is Amar’e’s [Stoudemire]. We don’t think Tyson’s that bad, [because] at least we have a week to get him back," Anthony said. "After talking with him at halftime and after the game, it doesn’t seem too serious. The good thing now is the preseason is over. We now get a week before the real thing gets started so we hopefully can get guys back ready."
The Knicks’ regular season tips off on Thursday Nov. 1.