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Tyson Chandler: Jeremy Lin wasn’t able to run the Knicks’ offense

When Jeremy Lin first took over for the Knicks last season, things appeared to be going quite well. After struggling mightily to start the year, New York ripped off seven straight wins and became one of the hottest teams in the league when Lin was inserted into the lineup. Despite that success, Tyson Chandler says he didn’t quite have a handle on the offense.

“Baron was hurt and Jeremy was a young point guard who was just learning and figuring out an offense,” Chandler told the NY Post. “It was nothing against them and it was definitely nothing against Baron. Jeremy was a young point guard who was inexperienced, who brought a great light to the organization. But as far as being able to run the offense and putting players in the right position he just wasn’t there. We got some veteran point guards that are capable of doing that.”

Many point guards have succeeded in Mike D’Antoni’s offensive scheme, so perhaps Lin’s high scoring totals and ability to take over games was a direct product of that. He may not have been the best at getting everyone involved, but overall the team seemed to do quite well when he was in the lineup.

In reality, Lin is gone now so Chandler can’t be talking about how much better the team was with him. They have no choice but to move forward, and expressing confidence in the current roster rather than dwelling on the past is probably the right thing to do.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-To/100003013197375 Ed To

    Tyson is great defensive player but what else could he say good about Lin knowing the little man tyrant owner is listening.  He saw first hand what happens to someone who displeases the King of MSG.  Good riddance to a dysfunctional team with back stabbing teammates, snake in the grass GM & Coach.  Lin is now in a better place to shine.  Knicks will tank and it will be fun to watch and listen to the blame game in NYC.  

  • JamesT32

    Meh, maybe Lin will shine down there over the long haul and maybe he won’t, but it’s hard to envision him being any more effective over time with the just-as average Houston Rockets as he was at the height of his success with the seemingly always dysfucntional Knicks. Remember, as the article alludes to there’s no real proof that Lin is anything beyond a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offensive sets at this point. Also, you talk as if the Knicks offered him some huge pile of money to stay and he turned them down at all costs simply to escape. I’m guessing you were actually paying attention to that whole process this summer and that’s hardly how things evolved.

  • TheSportsAuthority

    MANY PGs have succeeded in Mike D’Antoni’s system?!?!

    Name them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.boshie Chris Boshie

    Uhm, Rey Felton put up WAY better numbers as a Knick in D’Antoni’s system. Look it up.  I’m not going to sit here and name them all. Maybe you should actually look for yourself.  From Steve Nash to Jeremy Lin, there is a REALLY long line actually.

    Do a little research before posting and calling yourself “TheSportsAuthority” lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264631932 Lilly Lee

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Lin is def in a better place now to shine!

  • 21ImanTheDefender

    Nash,Marbury,Chris Duhon who average double digit assist under Dantoni! In fact Chris Duhon had a 25 assist night with Dantoni’s speed ball/no defense system! Unless Mchale runs the same offense Lin is going to look real bad against top notch pg’s in the West conference. Oh by the way Tyson Chandler is a champion/defensive player of the year & well respected thru out the nba by players/coaches so i believe what he says about Lin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Woodey-Smith/100003847176324 Woodey Smith

    I don’t think Chandler was off or unfair in his post. Makes sense that a PG who was new to the team and on the team as an after thought didn’t have a full grasp of the system when he got the chance to start. I’m not 100% sure that Lin is going to be a star or have a long highlight filled career. I am fairly sure he is a solid player who will play a number of seasons as a decent starter or a back up role player. But a star talent that will lead teams deep into the playoffs or to a championship….unlikely.

  • Nick Huang

    Tyson Chadler, u r such a worthless back-firing prick! Without Lin, u werent crap n’ wouldnt had those points from his assists.