Oct 31, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) is called for a foul during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Chicago won 82-81. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Chandler reportedly could return to Knicks lineup on Wednesday

It’s been a season filled with bad and disappointing news for the New York Knicks.

But since it is the holiday season, even the Knicks deserve a little bit of cheer as we head into the Christmas season. However the Knicks cheer won’t come from Santa Claus, a glass of eggnog or even a kiss under the mistletoe.

Dec 5, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks injured center Tyson Chandler (6) calls to his team during the third quarter of a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

No, instead it will come in the long-awaited return of All-Star center Tyson Chandler, who reportedly could return to the Knicks lineup as early as Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Chandler, as of Monday morning, has not ruled out returning Wednesday in Milwaukee. Chandler is supposed to be reevaluated Monday and must be cleared by the medical staff. The next game after Milwaukee is not until Saturday against Memphis — that appears the latest he would be back.

The All-Star broke his left fibula in the first quarter of the season’s fourth game. The Knicks were 1-2 at the time, but Chandler was the only one showing any energy at the defensive end of the floor.

His value immediately became crystal clear to anyone who has even doubted how important Chandler is to this team as the results haven’t been pretty in his absence.

Since Chandler was injured, the Knicks record has been 6-14 and they rank 25th in defensive efficiency. You aren’t going to win many games defending that way.

While Chandler is the anchor of the Knicks defense and will make a huge difference, you have to wonder what type of immediate impact he will have, given as poorly as the rest of his teammates have defended.

But regardless the Knicks were due for a bit of good news and I couldn’t think of anything better at this time of year than the return of Chandler.



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