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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Knicks have a big need

Tyson Chandler, left, shoots over Chicago Bulls forward

Tyson Chandler, left, shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer during the first half of a game in Chicago. (Oct. 31, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Steve Mills was asked during the preseason what he thought the Knicks needed.

"Backup center," Mills, the Knicks' president and GM said. "That's something we clearly need to worry about."

This was this long before Tyson Chandler broke a bone in his right leg, which will sideline him four-to-six weeks. The Knicks should have addressed this glaring weakness during the offseason or preseason, especially since they knew Kenyon Martin and Amar'e Stoudemire would play limited minutes and in effect games.

The big man the Knicks acquired was Andrea Bargnani. Now the 7-footer, who is most comfortable on the perimeter, is the Knicks' de-facto starting center. Bargnani was big in Friday's win over Charlotte, playing aggressively and with some fire. Now he has to prove he can do it consistently.

Tags: Steve Mills , Tyson Chandler , Andrea Bargnani , Metta World Peace , Amar'e Stoudemire , Kenyon Martin

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