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Tyson Chandler: Knicks will be dangerous if we make playoffs

Tyson-Chandler-KnicksIf the NBA playoffs started today, the New York Knicks would be in. That’s right, the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and company have won 12 of their last 15 games, a streak that has allowed them to climb into the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. And if the Knicks hold on and qualify for the postseason, Tyson Chandler thinks the rest of the league should be scared.

“I always thought we’d really give our ourselves a shot of making the playoffs,’’ Chandler said Monday after a win over the Utah Jazz, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. “I still believe if we get in there, somebody’s going to be in trouble.’’

New York still has six games remaining. The Atlanta Hawks, who are close behind them in the standings, have eight. The Knicks will need to continue playing well down the stretch to somehow continue their season in late April, but they seem as focused as they have all year.

“We can’t have any excuses at this point,” Chandler said. “Obviously it is going to be tough. But we have to leave it all on the basketball court.”

While I’m surprised to even be sitting here writing that the Knicks are in position to make the playoffs, I still don’t think they would advance past the first round. Sneaking into the postseason would mean making a date with either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have some serious dysfunction going on right now, but I still think they’d beat the Knicks in a seven-game series. The fact that we’re even talking about it — given how the New York’s season has gone — is what amazes me.

H/T Black Sports Online

Tyson Chandler trash talks Kevin Love’s defense (Video)

Tyson ChandlerTyson Chandler sent a little trash talk Kevin Love’s way during a halftime interview Wednesday for the New York Knicks’ game at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At first Chandler praised Love’s offensive game by saying the T-Wolves’ big man can stretch the floor, but when asked about how the Knicks could exploit Love’s defense, Chandler threw out the zinger.

“He can’t play D!” Chandler said of Love with a smile.

Though Chandler was sort of messing around, he’s not wrong. Though Love is a versatile offensive player, he struggles defensively and is among the worst defenders around the basket for a big man.

Then again, pretty much every team in the league could say the same thing about the Knicks — they have a few guys who can’t play defense either!

Credit to Chandler on this one — his Knicks prevailed in the game 118-106.

Chest bump to Eye on Basketball

The Knicks’ season summed up in one great Tyson Chandler blooper (Video)

If there’s one play that could properly sum up the New York Knicks’ terrible season, this would be it.

Tyson Chandler went to throw down a reverse alley-oop at the end of the first overtime in the Knicks’ game at Orlando, but he ended up literally goaltending his own dunk with his head. Yes, he dunked the ball and it went off his head and out of the basket and didn’t count. That kept the game tied at 113, and the Magic went on to win 129-121.

Tyson Chandler alley-oop

Video via @netw3rk

Mike Woodson reportedly confronted Tyson Chandler about making critical comments

tyson-chandlerNew York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson could be losing control of his team, and he may wind up losing his job as a result. The Knicks have lost four straight since somehow stringing together five wins in a row earlier this month. If a report from the NY Daily News about Tyson Chandler is true, JR Smith is not the only player Woodson is having problems with.

Sometime over the last week or so, Woodson reportedly confronted Chandler about comments the 31-year-old made that could be seen as negative toward the head coach. Frank Isola of the NY Daily News speculated that the conversation may have taken place after a loss to the Indiana Pacers last week, when Chandler said the Knicks “didn’t make adjustments.” Woodson had previously said that New York was simply outworked.

After the Brooklyn Nets beat the Knicks 103-80 at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Chandler told reporters that Brooklyn “out-schemed” the Knicks. He also said he did not agree with Woodson’s strategy of constantly switching on defense.

“I don’t want to switch,” Chandler said. “I personally don’t like it. You come with a defensive plan and then every guy kind of mans up and takes his responsibility. I think switching should always be your last resort. That’s me, personally.”

Chandler said on Tuesday that his comments were not directed toward Woodson. If Woodson had his little chat with Chandler prior to Monday, it obviously didn’t work. If something Chandler said did in fact bother him, Woodson isn’t admitting it publicly.

“If they want to lash out at me that’s fine,” he said Tuesday. “I’m not a coach that takes things personally. Players get upset. Coaches get upset… Sometimes it’s healthy when players get upset like that.”

Here’s how it’s gone lately for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench shaking his head, JR Smith gets benched every now and then and claims he has no idea why, and backup point guard Beno Udrih wants to be traded because he’s not getting enough minutes. If New York can’t find a way to start winning on a consistent basis, Woodson will likely be out by season’s end.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Tyson Chandler says Jay Williams’ claim about Bulls smoking weed is false

Former Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams, who played only one season in the NBA after a terrible motorcycle accident nearly cost him his life, recently made waves when he told the New York Times that some of his Bulls teammates use to smoke weed before games.

“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high. There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’”

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who played with Williams in Chicago during the 2002-2003 season, refuted the claim on Monday.

“Nah, I don’t know why he would say something like that,” Chandler told the NY Daily News. “I think that’s ridiculous that he would come out and say something like that,” Chandler went on. “I don’t remember that, to be honest with you. And, it’s just unfortunate that he would make that kind of statement about our team.”

Williams made the comments while speaking about what it was like to adjust to life in the NBA as a rookie. While we have no way of knowing if he was being truthful, we do know that he is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. Oftentimes former players who have nothing going for them will make ridiculous claims just to get some attention, but Williams has more going for him than the average NBA player whose career was not very long.

Whether the Bulls were or were not smoking weed before games 10 years ago really doesn’t matter at this point. As this former pitcher and this former offensive lineman would tell you, they wouldn’t be the first professional athletes to play high. It’s not as if the team can be punished for it in any way, so it’s nothing more than an entertaining narrative.

Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah ejected for skirmish (Video)

joakim-noah-tyson-chandlerTyson Chandler and Joakim Noah were among four ejected from the New York Knicks-Chicago Bulls game on Friday night. Chandler and Noah got into it with under five minutes remaining in the game and the Knicks trailing 97-81. The two were fighting for position under the basket and exchanged some pushes before the referees separated them. Double-technicals were handed out on the play.

In addition to Chandler and Noah, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and coach Mike Woodson were both tossed from the contest. Melo was ejected after picking up his second technical foul when he slapped at a ball in Noah’s hands a few minutes earlier in the game. Woodson was ejected after receiving his second technical foul less than a minute before the Chandler-Noah incident.

Noah had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in 41 minutes at the time of his ejection. Chandler had just five points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes, while Anthony had 29 points in the 110-106 loss.

Video via Beyond the Buzzer

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.