Tyson Chandler Injury: New York Knicks Hopeful for His Return Against Brooklyn

Matthew Guinto@@mattguintofootyContributor IIIOctober 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks reacts in the first half against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks are hopeful that 7'1" Tyson Chandler will be fit for their season opener against the new-look Brooklyn Nets

Chandler is currently day-to-day with a bruised left knee but an MRI indicated no structural damage. The injury stems from a collision with the Nets’ Gerald Wallace in the Knicks' final preseason game.

Chandler left the game on crutches, but seemed upbeat that it was nothing serious and that he would not miss any games. However, Knicks fans know all too well that Chandler's assumption means little, as their other key big man Amar'e Stoudemire is set to miss 2-to-3 weeks because of a knee-on-knee collision that ruptured a cyst. 

But the signs are more positive for the Olympic gold medalist Chandler, and both parties will be anxious to have him back out on the court.

In his first season with New York, Chandler posted above career average numbers, including 11.3 points and close to 10 rebounds per game.

His contribution to the inside will be even more important to strengthen an otherwise weak frontcourt that will be missing not only Stoudemire, but also possibly Marcus Camby with a strained calf.

And with Rasheed Wallace making a return to the NBA following a two-year absence, fitness will be a concern for him as well. 

All signs point to a Tyson Chandler return against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, but the Knicks will be careful to test him daily. Expect quality rest to be in the doctors orders until the season tips off Thursday, November 1.

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