HoopsHype Tyson Chandler rumors

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For a lot of young players there's one veteran teammate who really helped them. Did you have a mentor, and how much does that matter? Tyson Chandler: For me, "that guy" helped more with the mental aspect of the game. It was Charles Oakley first, and then Scottie Pippen and Antonio Davis. When I got frustrated during practices or games in Chicago, Davis would always come by my locker and tell me: "Continue to be a professional, continue to work. Your time will come. You're too good for your time not to come. Be patient." That always stuck with me. Sports Illustrated

The Bulls traded you to New Orleans in 2006. Why were you able to succeed immediately there? Tyson Chandler: Coach [Byron] Scott put the confidence back in me. I know I've heard some older players say, "You should never lose your confidence. Confidence is the last thing you should ever lose." But that definitely happened to me. I lost confidence. There wasn't trust in my game. After I got traded, Scott pulled me into his office and said, "I want you to forget the last couple of years. I know the young player. I watched you through high school, I know who you are. You're going to go back to being that player." Sports Illustrated

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The former All-Star center reciprocated those warm feelings back to the $124 million forward after Chandler’s Mavericks whipped the 5-22 Knicks, 107-87, on Tuesday night. “I do. I do,” Chandler responded when asked if he feels bad for his former teammate. “He’s a competitor. I laced it up and went to battle with him the last three years. I know what kind of competitor he is. I know he wants to win. I know he’s going to take a lot of this heat. It’s unfortunate because he’s a helluva player in our league. It’s unfortunate. “It’s so tough. He signed a contract coming back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take his team to the next level. “Ultimately, I feel he will with the right pieces.” New York Daily News

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With a straight face, Chandler said he wasn’t actually trying to send a message along the lines of “Get that shoe outta here,” or any of the other one-liners that exploded on Twitter along with video of the swat. “No, no, it was tactical, for sure,” Chandler said. “You can’t run with a sock on. “I was hoping we could exploit that on the other end until they either had to call a timeout or he had to foul, either/or. But we didn’t take advantage of it.” Dallas Morning News

December 13, 2014 Updates

Marreese Speights lost a shoe and Stephen Curry threw it out of the way. On the next trip down the court, Curry picked up the shoe and tried to toss it to a trailing Speights. Then Tyson Chandler came flying out of nowhere to swat the shoe into the stands. It was the kind of play that may finally force the NBA to rewrite the rule book. The Big Lead

December 1, 2014 Updates

Because of what he saw in Chandler back in 2000, Felton is not surprise of the success the Mavs’ center has enjoyed in the NBA. "I don’t really think he gets the publicity he should as a (center) in this league, but he’s definitely one of the game-changers as a (center) in this league for sure,’’ Felton said. "What a lot of people don’t know is Tyson can do a whole lot of things. "He can shoot the mid-range decent, he can put it on the floor in the post and face up, but with the type of team we have there’s no need to do anything extra with his game. We have scorers at every position, going down starting with Dirk (Nowitzki) (power forward) all the way down, we can put the ball in toehold. But Tyson is really big and really key for our team.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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After the New York media circus came through Dallas on Wednesday and rekindled the Tyson Chandler-as-a-distraction debate regarding his final season in New York, Felton said nothing could be further from the truth. “All that was said about him was just nonsense,” said Felton, who played with Chandler in New York and came to the Mavericks in the same trade. “Tyson, by all means, I’ve never seen him be a problem in the locker room. He holds guys accountable and if you can’t accept that, then you’re not in it for the right reasons. “If you can’t accept a man getting on you when you’re wrong, but who congratulates you when you’re right, then you’re not about the team. He’s going to get on you. He’s yelled at me plenty of times, but I know he’s doing it the right way.” Dallas Morning News

November 29, 2014 Updates

After the New York media circus came through Dallas on Wednesday and rekindled the Tyson Chandler-as-a-distraction debate regarding his final season in New York, Felton said nothing could be further from the truth. “All that was said about him was just nonsense,” said Felton, who played with Chandler in New York and came to the Mavericks in the same trade. “Tyson, by all means, I’ve never seen him be a problem in the locker room. He holds guys accountable and if you can’t accept that, then you’re not in it for the right reasons. If you can’t accept a man getting on you when you’re wrong, but who congratulates you when you’re right, then you’re not about the team. He’s going to get on you. He’s yelled at me plenty of times, but I know he’s doing it the right way.” Dallas Morning News

November 26, 2014 Updates

Chandler was blamed for too eagerly criticizing former coach Mike Woodson’s defensive schemes. Whispers Chandler was one of the dreaded locker-room “finger pointers’’ have also surfaced. They are odd accusations for one of the NBA’s noted leaders. Of course, it could be a smoke screen for the real intentions of Jackson, the Knicks’ team president, shipping out a player who didn’t fit into his triangle offense because he’s not a good jump shooter or post-up guy. Chandler is, however, a ferocious defender and the current Knicks don’t defend a lick. New York Post

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Would Carlisle consider resting Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler or any of his other 30-something players? “It’s possible,” he said. “We did a strategic rest thing once or twice last year. We did it more frequently when [Jason] Kidd was here and he was 38, 39. We’re keeping an eye on all that. When it’s appropriate, we’ll certainly do it and we’ll certainly consider it.” Dallas Morning News

November 1, 2014 Updates

Chandler is so high on Aminu that he compares him favorably to former Chicago Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen. “The first day I saw him I told him he should go back and watch Scottie Pippen, watch the tapes on him because that athletic, long built of being able to really hound guys with long arms and strength, I feel like he has that,” Chandler said. “And he has the motor to stay after it as well.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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