New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler will start in the Knicks home opener against the Miami Heat. Chandler played with contact for the first time on October 31st and says that he should be good to go for the home opener. Ian Begley of ESPN New York quotes Tyson Chandler on the following.
"I think I'm going to be fine," Chandler said. "Played with contact today. (I'm) not as explosive as I normally am out there ... but (I'm) good enough to give my team something and I feel good enough to protect myself."Chandler will be a much needed player against the defending champions to hold the paint down. He may even have to contribute more on the offensive end since Amar'e Stoudemire will be out for the next few weeks with a knee injury. Last season, Chandler started all 66 games (shortened season) and averaged 11.6 points and 9.9 rebounds a game in 33.2 minutes per game. His most prominent contribution to the team was his defensive presence, which resulted in him being nominated to be on the All-Defensive 2nd Team and Defensive Player of the Year.