(Elsa / Getty Images)
(Elsa / Getty Images) (Elsa / Getty Images)

Even by New York sports standards, it might get late awfully early for the Knicks with Tyson Chandler out.

The Knicks center suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula in a collision with Kemba Walker on Tuesday night and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks, according to ESPN. According to the team, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year suffered no ligament damage.

The Knicks lost to Charlotte 102-97 and fell to 1-3.

Replacing Chandler, the team’s second-most important player behind Carmelo Anthony, won’t be easy. He’s “a big piece of what we do,” Coach Mike Woodson said immediately after the game. “We just have to wait until [Wednesday] morning to see what the diagnosis is. I don’t know right now.”

The Knicks could go with a frontline of Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin and Anthony or perhaps Bargnani or Martin, Anthony and Metta World Peace. They have only one other true center, Cole Aldrich, on the roster.