Tyson goes through majority of practice

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tyson Chandler continues to move in the right direction toward returning.

On Monday, Chandler participated in most of practice for the first time since breaking his right leg. He did not go through the scrimmage portion of practice. Tuesday marks the five-week mark from his injury. The initial timetable given for his recovery was four-to-six weeks.

"It feels good just to be back on the floor and part of practice," Chandler said. "Try and help the guys out and get myself in some better condition."

"Today was just kind of like conditioning day," he added. "Being on the floor, trying to get my timing back, and some light work, minimum contact. The next couple steps are really getting on the floor and practicing and trying to simulate game speed."

Chandler said he hopes to be back before Jan. 1 if he can get his timing down and be able to protect himself. Chandler said part of the problem is the amount of practice time -- or lack thereof -- in the next few weeks. Starting with Tuesday's game against Cleveland, the Knicks have 11 games remaining in the month of December.

"We have to just try to find ways to get involved and continue conditioning and get my timing back, shootaround or somehow," he said.

Chandler said he was "very encouraged" by how he has been able to maintain his conditioning.

Head coach Mike Woodson has repeatedly talked about trying to get his team to adapt to playing without Chandler and not being whole.

"It's been tough for myself to watch from the sidelines," Chandler said. "I know it's been even tougher for my teammates being out there, fighting every night and coming up short. The thing that we have to do is understand it's early in the season, and you have a chance to turn things around. I know everyone's harping on it, and people might get tired of it, but the truth is we're only a couple games out of the division lead.

"When I get back healthy and I'm on the court I know I give my team a better chance. And even when I'm not out there we have a chance to make some ground up our next couple of games."