SoRaspy: Knicks champ Chandler plays with wrist injury
DALLAS — Former Dallas Mavericks and current New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler will get his NBA championship ring prior to Tuesday’s game, but he won’t be 100 percent when he’s on the court.
Chandler continues to get treatment on his left wrist, and Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni offered a glimpse into the injury before Tuesday’s shootaround.
“I don’t know if there’s anything specific other than just some stress reactions on the bone,” D’Antoni said. “Just sore, nothing that won’t heal, but something that will be sore for about a month.”
Chandler underwent an MRI last week and is wearing a protective pad over his hand and tape over the wrist. Following Monday’s practice Chandler was seen icing his wrist and talked to reporters while wearing a brace.
Chandler isn’t expected to miss any games because of the injury but if it gets worse, D’Antoni might sit him.
“It’s tough to heal real quick with the blood flow and everything,” he said. “Just have to fight through it. It shouldn’t get worse if he doesn’t get hit and hopefully he’ll get through it.”
Chandler spent just last season with the Mavericks, averaging 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while providing solid interior defense. He was open to returning to the Mavs but ultimately signed a free-agent deal with the Knicks.
For New York, he’s averaging 11.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and is leading the league with a 68.9 percent field goal percentage.
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