Chandler ‘close’ to coming back

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Tyson Chandler could return to the lineup Wednesday at Milwaukee, Knicks coach Mike Woodson confirmed.

“He’s getting close, perhaps Wednesday maybe,” Woodson said Monday night.

Woodson said Chandler — out since Nov. 5 with a broken leg — will go through a “full-blown practice” on Tuesday and if there are no setbacks, “He might play Wednesday.”

Thusfar, he has only done 3-on-3.

Kenyon Martin (abdominal strain) remains out and could be out 1-2 weeks.

“I would think somewhere in that neighborhood,” Woodson said.

“We just haven’t had a full deck yet and I’m hoping we can get there eventually,” Woodson added of his injured players.

Woodson also downplayed reports that he and J.R. Smith had had a dust-up following the Bulls game.

“I’m not going to sit here and air out things that go on in our locker room. J.R. and I are fine,” Woodson said. “He’s just gotta pick it up and play together, just like Iman [Shumpert’s] gotta play together.”

Finally, Woodson said the Knicks were interested in re-signing Jeremy Tyler and bringing him back from the D-League to provide reinforcements on the front line.

“He’s slow right now because he’s just getting back to playing,” Woodson said, referring to the leg injury that kept Tyler out of training camp. “We just gotta be patient with that as well….Hopefully we can get him back up once we see some progress.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




4 comments
Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Yeah I can't wait for Tyler to be signed so he can sit on the bench next to Toure and Aldrich every game. Although I suppose 1 of them would be released since they won't cut Chris Smith.

darealeric
darealeric

Hmmmm, how convenient that this "news" is being shoved down our throats just as the date for trading players arrives. Instead of pulling the trigger and making a trade to even TRY to salvage this pathetic, dreadful season, they announce this, as if we were such a great looking team even when Chandler was playing. Go ahead sheep, eat it up.

darealeric
darealeric

Right, go crawl back under your rock you moron.