This is as much for me as it is for you.
In light of the revelation this morning that Tyson Chandler’s bulging disc is acting up again, Kenyon Martin’s knee is still a problem, and Marcus Camby is out with his season-long foot injury, I thought an audit of the team’s center position was in order.
Tyson Chandler: pros include strong recent play as recently as Sunday against Oklahoma City, and the fact that he’s one of the best centers in the league. Cons include this disturbing neck problem, and the fact that it is keeping him out of a game a little over a week before the playoffs.
Kenyon Martin: pros include an impressive run starting last month in Tyson Chandler’s absence, both offensively and defensively. Cons include a knee injury, the fact that he’s 35 and thus likelier to breakdown, and the knee injury limiting him at the moment.
Marcus Camby: pros include scattered success this year and effective play as a backup center as recently as last year. Cons are a foot injury that has limited him to playing more than 15 minutes three times all season, and that at age 39, this can be expected going forward.
Rasheed Wallace: pros include 20 impressive games this season on both ends, and that his presence in a playoff run would almost certainly include an epic moment on the court and catchphrase that will live with the franchise forever. Cons are, he hasn’t played since those 20 games, had surgery on his foot, and may not be healthy enough to return in time this season.
Kurt Thomas: pros include intelligence, an inspiring performance on a broken foot against
Portland [Edit: as helpfully pointed out in the comments, it was Utah! In my defense, both games happened when Imwas completely exhausted], and general awesomeness. Cons include that he’s 40, he has a broken foot, and may not be healthy enough by the playoffs to contribute.
Amar’e Stoudemire: pros include incredible offensive efficiency when he played this season and team-best postgame hats. Cons include the injuries that struck again, leading to his second knee surgery this season, and a timetable that may not allow him to recover in time to help in the playoffs. Also, even when healthy, he is not a defender.
Patrick Ewing: pros include two recent solid performances on the MSG Network, significant playoff experience, a Hall of Fame career in New York, and a decade of rest. Cons include possible rustiness.
Did I miss anybody?