Life without Tyson Chandler begins for real in Friday's rematch with the Bobcats. Mike Woodson gave more insight after practice today into his plans for a Chandler-less rotation. The domino effects with Andrea Bargnani moving up to center and playing "big minutes" in Chandler's stead. He'll inherit some of Chandler's offensive routes in that role, albeit with a bit more variety:
Mike Woodson said he plans to use Andrea Bargnani in the pick and pop and pick and roll when he's at center. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 7, 2013
That seems like a good idea to me. Moving Bargnani to five moves everyone else up a spot, which leaves room for Pablo Prigioni to start alongside Raymond Felton, which leaves a hole at back-up point guard:
Felton and Prigioni likely to start in #Knicks backcourt, with Beno Udrih now in rotation.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 7, 2013
Udrih's been out of the rotation-- save for a few minutes on Tuesday-- since after the first game, so that's a change. Also a change: COLE WORLD.
"Cole Aldrich should probably have an opportunity to play & we kind of have to re-shuffle our lineup" #Knicks head coach Mike Woodson— Jonah Ballow (@jonahballow) November 7, 2013
Woodson said he hopes to increase both Amar'e & Kenyon's minutes to 15 per night. Kenyon played 18 on Tuesday. Amare's max has been 11 min.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 7, 2013
Of course, when you're thinking about giving real minutes to Cole Aldrich and busting minutes limits you *just* established, that's also when you start looking around for help, and the Knicks may do that.
Woodson said he will talk to Mills about potentially signing a big and look at their list. Said it's tough to tell how Collins stacks up.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) November 7, 2013
(Yes, someone asked specifically about Jason Collins, because that's how it works now).
In closing, here's Tyson Chandler:
Tyson Chandler, on crutches, said just thankful not an ACL tear and that he "hopes'' to be back in one month.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) November 7, 2013
Take your time, Tyson. Hurry up, but take your time. Get that leg right.