The New York Knicks announced on Wednesday that center Tyson Chandler has a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Chandler suffered the injury during the first quarter of Tuesday nights game against the Bobcats when he collided with Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker.
The silver lining, if you can find one, is that Chandler did not suffer and ligament or nerve damage, and will not require surgery.
To say that the Knicks are facing a difficult road ahead without Chandler would be somewhat of an understatement. Entering Thursday nights game against the Bobcats the Knicks have only Cole Aldrich (who has yet to play a single minute of regular season action), and Kenyon Martin at the center position. Any mention of Amare Stoudemire playing significant minutes at the center spot should insight fear amongst Knicks fans, as the Amare Stoudemire of years past is gone, and will not be walking through the doors of MSG anytime soon.
The only other possibility for the Knicks is summer league standout Jeremy Tyler, whom the Knicks recently signed to their D-league affiliate, Erie BayHawks. Tyler, who is returning from an injury of his own, is not expected to be ready for game action for at least another 2 weeks.
For now, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is going to be forced to play smaller lineups, and fight through the next month or two without his defensive anchor.
Considering that the Denver Nuggets own the rights to the Knicks first round pick in 2014, there is not even the possibility of an Andrew Wiggins at the end of the rainbow for Knicks fans. There is only the hope that the Knicks can somehow tread water over the next 2 months.