The Knicks’ lack of a post presence besides Tyson Chandler is a glaring weakness that wasn’t really addressed by former GM Glen Grunwald and hasn’t yet by new president and GM Steve Mills.
Despite being a 7-footer, Andrea Bargnani is a finesse offensive player who doesn’t defend or rebound well. He has three rebounds in two games.
Kenyon Martin is on a minutes restriction because of an ankle injury suffered last season and because the Knicks hope to keep him healthy for the postseason. Martin has played 8:40.
Amar’e Stoudemire, who had knee surgery in the offseason, also is limited. After being held out of the opener, he played 10:40 Thursday against the Bulls and was a defensive liability.
Cole Aldrich is the only other backup center on the roster.
The overall situation could mean big minutes for Chandler. He’s averaging 12.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, but the Knicks can’t afford to have him wear down.