Update Oct. 25, 5:00 pm: An MRI revealed that Chandler suffered a bone bruise in his knee. He is officially listed as day-to-day.
Oct. 25, 8:07 am: New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, one of the few remaining healthy big men on the team, suffered a knee injury 44 seconds into New York’s 97-95 exhibition victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Chandler collided with Nets forward Gerald Wallace while setting a screen for Carmelo Anthony near the left block. He will undergo an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury.
The Knicks maintain that the injury is not serious and Chandler believes he merely sprained his knee, a much better alternative than an ACL tear. Recovering from a knee sprain typically takes one to two weeks.
With the injury, the Knicks may be without Marcus Camby (calf strain), Amare Stoudemire and Chandler for their season opener against the Nets on Nov. 1.
Should the MRI reveal a more serious injury, the Knicks would dearly miss Chandler, whose presence boosted the team’s defensive and rebounding proficiency last season.
Anthony, accustomed to playing small forward and the occasional power forward, could potentially be pressed into playing center for brief stretches.