Monday, April 1, 2013
Chandler works out, still questionable
By Ian Begley
Tyson Chandler went through a brief workout Monday at the Knicks' training facility before the team flew to Miami.
He is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Heat. The Knicks will determine his status after shootaround on Tuesday morning.
Chandler has missed the past 10 games due to a bulging disk in his neck. The Knicks are 8-2 in his absence and carry an eight-game winning streak into Miami.
"They've done an excellent job of not putting the pressure on me and allowing me to rest to get back because of the way they've been playing," Chandler said.
The Knicks' All-Star center worked out before tipoff on Sunday, running and dunking along the baseline. He said afterward that he still felt tightness in his neck but that the condition of his injury was improving.
"I've come along slowly, but I'm starting to feel better," Chandler, who hasn't played in nearly three weeks, said before the Knicks' win over Boston.
Chandler hurt his neck during a collision with Nuggets big man Kenneth Faried in the first half of the Knicks' loss to Denver on March 13.
The pain in his neck initially was not improving in the days following the injury, so Chandler went to see a specialist last Thursday. The specialist told Chandler that he did not need an injection to calm the inflammation in his neck, which is a result of the bulging disk.
Instead, Chandler took anti-inflammatory medicine. He said Sunday that he will not need surgery to repair the bulging disk.
Chandler also revealed that he was in significant pain after the collision with Faried, but the neck issue actually flared up prior to that incident.
"It became excruciating honestly to where it kind of couldn't even move. But after a while of letting it calm down, then it came to where I could walk around but couldn't sit for long periods of time or move without spasming up or catching pain," Chandler said. "This is the best I've felt since, so I've been optimistic that it's been getting better."
Chandler said Sunday that if he made it through Monday's workout without any pain -- something he hasn't been able to do since the injury -- he hoped to play Tuesday.
"As long as I don't have that same type of pain coming back [after Monday's practice], then that's a good thing," Chandler said.
QUESTION: Do you think the Knicks should shut Chandler down for the Heat game or should he suit up, even if he isn't 100 percent healthy?