by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Here’s a sight that turns the stomach of every single New York Knicks fan: Tyson Chandler, the team’s defensive anchor, leaving the floor clutching his injured left knee, and limping out of the arena on a pair of crutches.

Chandler hurt the knee last night in a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets, after colliding with Gerald Wallace 44 seconds into the game.

An MRI will determine the severity of the injury.

Per Newsday:

Chandler appeared to be in serious pain after Wallace ran into him. He immediately fell to the floor and was clutching his left leg. After being down for several moments, he banged the hardwood with his fist, then hopped up and walked off. The Knicks called it a sore left knee, but Chandler said he thinks it’s a sprain. More will be known after the MRI. “It stretched my knee out a little bit,” Chandler said. “It was awkward. My foot was planted when he fell into me. It just torqued my knee outside a little bit. I kind of didn’t feel it until I started laying there.”

Chandler didn’t sound too concerned, though. He said the Knicks want him to not put any pressure on his knee until they get the results of the MRI. “I just feel like I have a sprain or something like that,” Chandler said. “I’m sure I’ll stay off it the next couple of days and then pick up work with my teammates leading into the first game of the season.”

Tyson Chandler and the Knicks don’t seem too worried about the knee — publicly, anyway —  but until MRI results are in, there’s no telling how bad it is.

With Amar’e Stoudemire currently being out with his own knee injury, there’s a possibility that New York could open the season with 40-year old Kurt Thomas as their starting center.