New York Knicks center, Tyson Chandler, will likely miss somewhere between four and six weeks due to a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula, according to the team.
[via ESPN New York]
Chandler left Tuesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter after suffering the injury during a collision with Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker.
Further tests to Chandler’s injury taken Wednesday showed the fracture.
The Knicks say Chandler, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, did not suffer any ligament or nerve damage will not need surgery.
The Knicks are 1-3 and losing Chandler will definitely not help the cause. Apart from Carmelo Anthony, Chandler is kind of the other guy that you just assume will show-up every night to do his job in helping the team win. He’s also the defensive anchor to a team that, in flashes, has its moments. That’s where the Knicks are going to miss him most.
In Chandler’s absence, Cole Aldrich is probably going to get an opportunity. I’m not sure if Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin would be able to deal with extended minutes at this point in their careers.