Chandler returns to practice, eyeing comeback

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

One day after a 41-point blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, the Knicks got some good news on Monday when Tyson Chandler participated in non-contact drills for the first time since suffering a displace fracture of his right leg Nov. 5.

There is no timetable on Chandler’s return but he said he hopes to be back by Jan. 1. Chandler’s original timetable was 4-6 weeks. Friday will mark one month since the injury.

“I’m hoping before [Jan. 1],” Chandler said. “If I can just get my practice time and timing and feel like I’m able to protect myself out there, then I want to get back out there.”

The Knicks are 5-14 overall and 4-10 since Chandler went down after a collision with Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.

Without him, they have lacked their best defender and rim protector and have been exposed in the paint. Kenyon Martin, Chandler’s backup, also missed the Celtics game with a sore ankle but is listed as probable for Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Martin would start Tuesday if he’s ready to go.

“I felt like we’re turning it around in a positive direction with the two games before the last game and obviously, the last game was a disappointment because I felt like we were going to put together a streak,” said Chandler, who is averaging 7.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. “But I still feel confident in the guys turning it around and when I come back it will definitely help out and make things better.”

Chandler still has several hurdles to go and must participate in contact drills before returning. He said the limited number of practice days is also an issue. The Knicks, for example, have four games in five days beginning Tuesday.

“The tough part is we have all these games and not enough practices so I just gotta try to find ways to get involved and continue to condition and get my timing back,” Chandler said.

Still, he said he was “encouraged” by the state of his conditioning.

“Very encouraged because it’s a step closer to being back out on the court,” he said. “I didn’t lose as much conditioning as I thought I would have. I did fairly well today for the first time being back on the court, so that’s a positive.”

Said Woodson: “It’s very encouraging. We just gotta make sure he doesn’t have any setbacks. This is the fifth week. Friday will be five weeks so we’re right on schedule.”

The mantra Chandler and the Knicks keep preaching is that despite their poor record, they remain just 3 1/2 games back of first-place Boston.

“The truth is we’re only a couple games out of the division lead and when I get back healthy I know I give my team a better chance,” Chandler said. “And even when I’m not out there we still have a chance to make some ground up over the next couple games.”


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.





30 comments
Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

Rags definitely the team to beat, no question. Better goaltending, stronger team. Believe it or not much of Isles' fortunes rest on Grabovski. No, he hasn't lit it up, but makes the team much stronger.

caseysdad
caseysdad

rangers just beat the caps 3 to 1 and take over 1st place, with 3 games in hand,  they are 12-1- 2 in their last 15 games, and should they, and the isles play a PO round right, now they beat the Isles 4 games to 2, it hurts to even post that, but it is my opinion.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@caseysdad have some damn faith jesus christ people..so caught up in the rangers success you cant even enjoy the islanders. its un freakin believable.  



oh yeah, just my opinion....

chris777
chris777

WONT THE ISLANDERS RETURN AND PLAY 6 GAMES AT THE COLISEUM EVERY SEASON???

John Niemczyk
John Niemczyk

it's the new owners' money and not Crooklyn money

John Niemczyk
John Niemczyk

I rather drive to a sports venue than take public (ugh ) transportation

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

i was disgusted with the amount of rangers fans there last night. it was even worse when i saw 20 of them getting out of a fricking limo.

tag1
tag1

bklyn doesn't care about basketball, worst TV Ratings in the NBA, they will care about the Isles??? Hahahaha. Why don't you stand in front of Barclay's and ask people passing by to name one Islander player, if you get 5% that can it would be a lot.

tag1
tag1

Bruce Ratner:

"The land around the Coliseum is too big to build all at once you need to build in phases"

Bert there is no way you went to any Isles rangers games because with your big mouth both fan bases would tune you up big time.

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

@Joey Ferguson That's why I'm ecstatic the Islanders are finally getting out of a county that didn't care enough about them to give them public transport.

tag1
tag1

The county doesn't provide public transportation the MTA does and isn't it amazing that no one has a problem getting to the coliseum now that they are winning.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@tag1 the MTA would NEVER ok a project costing billions to extend a rail link to the nmvc so a few people can access the coli. No way and no how. Nassau County had no say in such a project, any governor or state legislature would never approve of such a project not with subway stations and rail lines in bad need of repair and refurbishment.

tpjm
tpjm

@Joey Ferguson That's because LI "fans" are the worst "fans" in sports. Always have been. That's why NYI is leaving.  No support. NYI  "fans" on LI are too wimpy to go to games vs NYR and sell their season tix to NYR fans. They care more about money than NYI.  I'm a REAL fan and went to 2 games at the dumpiseum vs rags this season but I always see the same usual morons here in the game threads like last night as they are afraid of NYR fans. NYR fans are more loyal and want to go to these games more than dopey LIers who claim to be NYI fans.  Been like that for years. No wonder NYI is leaving for BROOKLYN!



Mike Bossy says LI doesn't care about NYI and that's why they kicked them out - 


"It’s not like the people couldn’t have found the money to do it. (keep NYI) I just think there wasn’t a strong enough desire to get it done.”


http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/mike-bossy-impressed-isles-calls-brooklyn-move-sad-article-1.2096845

tpjm
tpjm

@Steven M. Harries I'm ecstatic the Islanders are finally getting out of a county that didn't care enough to keep them or build them an arena, had poor attendance for 25 years, was corrupt and siphoned money from NYI and caused them to not compete and eventually kicked them out.

tpjm
tpjm

@tag1 That's called frontrunning. People are going to games now only because it's the last season at the dumpiseum and because they are winning only because of BROOKLYN money.  Get a clue.


You kicked NYI out you rags fan.  You must be proud.

tpjm
tpjm

@nutjob  So you're saying nassore is small potatoes and not important enough to have a rail line near the dumpiseum.  Got it. Great planning by those clowns.    LOL

tonelli27
tonelli27

@moron you have not a clue what you speak of idiot, wang has you working overtime doesn't he. DNC said NO TO BARCLAY CENTER BERT, to bad off to philly for your sorry arse.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@tag1 its also amazing that people actually think these foolish things and they accuse others of being uninformed. Lol.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@idiot a tired and pathetic shill you are with the same propaganda day in and day out, your benefactor wanted his 77 acre land grab bert he didn't get, too bad now go wash his car or clean his pool.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@idiot hey moron the DNC left barclay center in the dust they choss Philadelphia bert you bum, nets ratings are in the toilet and are losing home games you fool.

tag1
tag1

You should know about front-running bert because when the Isles sucked you were no where to be found other than a occasional post to hammer wang.

Shots fired in the subway near Barclay's last night, the chickens are coming home to roost, this is the climate that you and your fellow anicharsts have created with the help of the clueless big bird mayor. I warned you to get that bullet proof vest.

tag1
tag1

These clowns want to spend spend spend Vic, they couldn't care less about taxes going up because they probably don't pay taxes .

tonelli27
tonelli27

@tag1 from ny dailynews, IRON WORKER CRUSHED TO DEATH AT BARCLAY CENTER- FEBRUARY 25 2015, an iron worker helping to construct a green roof at the facility was killed when steel beam came crashing down on him as he worked on the project, PETER ZEPF was killed when iron beams called JOISTS came loose and fell on top of him. He was pronounced dead on the scene.".

tag1
tag1

Poor guy, maybe Mitch knows about this.

Mike T.
Mike T.

You know what would be better?  The Rangers getting the snot beaten out of them in the first round of the playoffs.  Sign me up for that instead, ok?

Rudy Wu
Rudy Wu

While he'd shore up their defense, it still doesn't help that the Knicks offense is so bad they'd get outscored by Duke

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

Hey guys....in the future the Knicks will really suck and so will Jeremy Lin.


3.11.2015

Kojo1111
Kojo1111

I'm getting goosebumps already at the prospect of defensively challenged Chandler coming back.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@VernonZee Knicks were 1-4 with Chandler so I don't see him being this savoir to magically fix this team.