Tyson Chandler could be available to start the Knicks' season opener Thursday in Brooklyn after an MRI on his left knee revealed no structural damage.

The Knicks are calling the injury a bone bruise and listing Chandler as day-to-day. Still, there are several hurdles the veteran center will have to clear before he returns to the court. Mike Woodson gave the players off on Thursday and it is unclear if Chandler will practice on Friday. In all likelihood, doctors will want to give Chandler, who bumped knees with the Nets' Gerald Wallace on Wednesday in the preseason finale, a few days to recover.

Chandler left Nassau Coliseum on crutches and sounded optimistic that he wouldn't miss any time. However, two weeks ago the Knicks claimed that Amar'e Stoudemire's injury — he also bumped knees — wasn't serious. But last Sunday, the team announced that Stoudemire could be sidelined two to three weeks with a ruptured cyst on his left knee.

Stoudemire is not expected to be ready for the opener.

The frontcourt is an area of concern because of injuries to several key players. Besides Stoudemire, Marcus Camby missed the entire exhibition schedule with a strained calf. Also, Rasheed Wallace is healthy but was held out of the preseason as he attempts a comeback after being out of the NBA for two years.

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