The wait is finally over for Tyson Chandler and the New York Knicks.
After going 21 games without their All-Star center and anchor of their defense, Chandler will return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson confirmed that Chandler will be back and in the starting lineup, while Andrea Bargnani will come off the bench.
Chandler’s return couldn’t come at a better time for the Knicks, as since he was injured, the Knicks record has been 6-15 and they rank 25th in defensive efficiency.
The All-Star broke his left fibula in the first quarter of the season’s fourth game. The Knicks were 1-2 at the time, but Chandler was the only one showing any energy at the defensive end of the floor.
His value immediately became crystal clear to anyone who has even doubted how important Chandler is to this team as the results haven’t been pretty in his absence.
It will be interesting to see what type of impact Chandler has in his return both individually and on the team as a whole.
It will also be interesting to see how Bargnani adjusts to a bench role.
But while Chandler makes his long awaited return, Woodson will still have to deal with the likes of Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and others, who are all still dealing with injuries of their own.
Chandler was averaging 7.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in 26.8 minutes per night before the injury.