After losing Tyson Chandler six weeks ago due to a broken right leg, the New York Knicks have been left to pick up the pieces. The Knicks, as a team, have struggled to find a specific big man to clog up the lane helping get offensive rebounds and easy put backs. With Chandler returning the Knicks they could flip this disappointing season around.
Chandler started the first four games before being sidelined with the broken leg this season. He returned back to the hardwood on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks where he produced nine rebounds and nine points towards the offense along with a total of 36 minutes played en route to a double overtime victory over the struggling Bucks.
When Chandler’s played this season the Knicks are 2-3 which is a .400 win percentage, without Chandler they are 6-14 which is only a .300 win percentage.
Chandler doesn’t just produce offense, in fact he’s known for his defense. During his return on Wednesday he posted three blocks. Chandler’s size, 7’1, gives him an easy advantage on the glass. He used his size against the Bucks throwing in five offensive rebounds along with four defensive rebounds.
“I was willing to do whatever it took to get a win,” Chandler said after playing all of the first overtime and 4:21 of the second according to ESPN. “I told coach, ‘Don’t put me on a minute restriction. Whatever you feel like you need or whenever you need me out there, just keep me out there.”
Mike Woodson, the Knicks Coach, has been on the hot seat after a horrible beginning but he is certainly starting to get players back. Woodson’s hoping Kenyon Martin and Raymond Felton will return from their hamstring injuries quickly as well.
Chandler’s return to the offense gives Carmelo Anthony a big man inside to work with and also the ever scary three point specialist J.R. Smith outside. With the Knicks slowly, but surely, getting healthier they’re planning on retrieving their season and pushing towards the playoffs.
“Tyson came back strong,” Anthony said according to ESPN. “Just his presence out there, his awareness out there on the court. How he is able to be aggressive, know when to be aggressive, know when not to be aggressive. Believing in me to have his back when we do a double-team and things like that. His comeback was big for us.”