It could be worse. Because it looked a lot worse. But it's still not very good.
The injury happened Tuesday against the Bobcats when guard Kemba Walker banged knees with Chandler. The Knicks big man was forced to immediately exit the game and needed help getting to the locker room.
Initial X-ray testing revealed inconclusive results with further testing to occur on Wednesday. And those tests showed the slight fracture.
The issue for the Knicks -- other than being 1-3 -- is there isn't much depth behind Chandler on the roster. There's the option of playing Andrea Bargnani at center, or Amar'e Stoudemire, or activating Cole Aldrich. However you shake it out, it could be a struggle for the Knicks at that position for the next 4-6 weeks.
If Chandler is able to return quickly, he'd miss only about 12 games. If it's closer to six weeks, that would have him back in mid-December. That could be close to 25 games. And then the question is about lingering affects of the injury.
Chandler, 31, is averaging 7.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in four games this season.