Knicks’ Tyson Chandler leaves with knee injury against Brooklyn Nets
On the first possession of the game, the New York Knicks starting center Chandler Tyson collided with Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace and fell to the court. Tyson Chandler’s knee took a pretty solid impact during the collision and he was pulled out of the game by the New York Knicks so as avoid aggravating the injured knee.
The severity of Tyson Chandler’s knee injury was not immediately disclosed. A New York Knicks spokesman later confirmed that the knee injury was not thought to be too serious.
However the New York Knicks’ need to bench the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year during Wednesday’s game proves that there’s some level of concern surrounding Tyson Chandler’s knee injury.
Things could take a turn for the worse in Tyson Chandler’s absence for the New York Knicks since backup center Marcus Camby sat out the whole preseason with a strained calf and coach Mike Woodson doesn’t have a solid assessment on his availability for next week. While Raheed Wallace is healthy, he has yet to play a game this preseason. The New York Knicks’ other big man, Amar’e Stoudemire is not expected to return for the next two or three weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.
The New York Knicks are slated to again face-off against the Brooklyn Nets, this time at Barclays Center to play their 1st November regular-season opener. With the game just a week away, Mike Woodson’s got to figure-out a replacement at the starting spot.
There’s a slight possibility of veteran Kurt Thomas starting at the starting center spot during battle to of the war for New York at Barclays Center but there are questions about his athleticism since the center is pushing 40.
Such expected turnouts and the corresponding changes add more suspension to the regular-season opener. Both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets went through a roster transformation during the offseason and are considered title contenders. This rivalry has the potential of turning out to be one of the top NBA highlights of the 2012-2013 season.
“I think it’s great for New York, absolutely. There’s enough fan support to go around for both teams. I think it’s great for the league as a whole,” acknowledged Mike Woodson. “And it’s going to be interesting because our division is pretty damn good this year with Philly and Boston sitting in there, too.”
“It’s going to be a dog race all the way to the end.”
Last time both teams made playoffs was in 2004. The New York Knicks, who ranked seventh, were forced out by the then New Jersey Nets who previously made two straight NBA finals.
But things have changed quite a bit. The New York Knicks host comparatively a much older roster, although they have star power and a lot of hunger in Carmelo Anthony while Amar’e Stoudemire is still trying to find stability due to health issues. The Brooklyn Nets are much younger and have star point guard Deron Williams.
However, each team has its Achilles Heel and it will be interesting to see how both Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks cover them up during the regular season.