chandler On Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire added Tyson Chandler to their knee support group.  Three of the team’s highest paid players have knees that are not providing an adequate return on investment. Iman Shumpert is a 2012-13 alum who serves on the group’s advisory board, while Rasheed Wallace, sidelined because of his foot long before he succumbed to surgery, undoubtedly offers his guidance. The table is full, and the court is not.

Chandler, the latest to fall, was reported to have a contusion from a second quarter collision that sent him sprawling. Who knows if it is actually just a contusion or if there is also a mild sprain. The story is remarkably similar to that from last October, only this go-round, there won’t be an MRI, at least for now.

It seems the Knicks often take a while to decide on a diagnosis, or at least to release information so we know what it may be. They repeatedly seem to err on the side of conservative management (reasonable in some cases), only to resort to surgery later, prolonging total recovery time (Rasheed Wallace). Or, they delay minor procedures, like draining the fluid from Carmelo Anthony’s knee, though that becomes the eventual course of action. Playing him last night when he obviously wasn’t able to handle being out there was a curiosity. What was the point… to see if it would get even worse? And, what is the underlying cause of the fluid that is plaguing him? It seems probable that there is some underlying pathology – synovitis, a Bakers cyst, a meniscal tear or possibly even patellofemoral issues.  It won’t be a surprise if he has arthroscopic surgery at season’s end.

Though it is said Chandler may even play tonight against Portland, that seems unlikely and, in light of recent history, unwise.  Yes, they need his points, but at what cost and how effective is he going to be?

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Abby serves as the Injury Expert for CBS New York where, since 2010, her Injury Breakdown Blog examines injuries in professional sports. She also blogs on health & fitness as well as sports injuries for Huffington Post, and Recovery Physical Therapy.com, where her blog earned a top ten mention for physical therapy blogs in 2012 @ WorldWideLearn.com. In a ranking of the Top 30 Healthcare Blogs for 2012, Top Masters in Healthcare also rated Abby’s blog in the top three in Physical Therapy! Abby is the founder of Fit-Screen and she welcomes your comments and questions!

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