HoopsHype Tyson Chandler rumors

March 4, 2014 Updates

There were no indications that the Knicks even entertained offers for Chandler before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, though he most likely was viewed as one of the team’s more valuable assets. Right or wrong, the Knicks are allergic to the concept of rebuilding, at least for now. “I think we all have a lot of decisions to make,” Chandler said. New York Times

With his contract expiring in 2015, the Knicks could shop Chandler for draft picks and another asset. Chandler eagerly signed a free-agent four-year, $65 million contract in 2011, thinking he had a chance to win a second title. But he’s getting beyond frustrated as the Knicks are close to playing out the string. “For me it’s important regardless [to finish out strong],’’ Chandler said. “I got a lot more pride than this, coming in night in, night out losing, and not putting forth the type of effort i t takes to win. At this stage of my career and what I’ve established, I refuse to let it put a blemish on it.’’ New York Post

Entering Monday, opponents were shooting 51.2 percent against him at the rim, according to the N.B.A. Consider that the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert was limiting opponents to 41.1 percent shooting at the rim. In addition, more versatile players have had success drawing Chandler away from the basket, averaging .941 points per possession on shots attempted from 17 feet to the 3-point arc, according to Synergy Sports. “I mean, it’s not just Tyson,” Woodson said before the game. “I think when you’re talking about having a good team and winning games at a high level, it starts with everybody. We’ve kind of been missing across the board from a defensive standpoint. We just haven’t been able to sustain things over a 48-minute ballgame.” New York Times

March 1, 2014 Updates

The Knicks were blown out, again, Friday night vs. the Golden State Warriors. And in a season like this, you go from "we have to stay positive" to "we have to find answers" to "boiling over with frustration" and eventually giving up. The Knicks hit "boiling over with frustration" Friday as veteran Tyson Chandler let Marreese Speights, that's right, Mo Speights, get under his skin, eventually forcing an ejection. CBSSports.com

On an attempted inside move, Speights was fouled by Chandler, who responded to the Warriors’ verbal assault with other niceties that got him ejected. “It was just me being frustrated with everything that’s been going on,” Chandler said. “When you get beat like that [at] home, it’s all frustration, but it’s over with,” Speights said. New York Post

February 27, 2014 Updates

Dime: Earlier this season, you made some comments about your displeasure with how the defensive schemes were being run. A couple of days later, coach Mike Woodson reportedly approached you about your comments. What exactly went on there? Tyson Chandler: I guess anything you say, people are going to write about it, and say what they want to say about it. People are going to pick it apart and make it be something else. Coach and I got together to reassure what was taking place. You know, during games you are going to make adjustments. Dime

Dime: Speaking of Woodson, there has been a lot of talk about an end to his tenure in New York because of the disappointing season. Does he have full locker room support? Tyson Chandler: I think we all just have to stay together. That’s the only way we are going to get ourselves out of something like this. We still have the opportunity and a shot to make the playoffs. Dime

February 26, 2014 Updates

Center Tyson Chandler said that outside of the increased media at practice Wednesday, the situation hasn't been a distraction. "Honestly, I don't think that's any of my business," he said when asked whether he talked to Felton about what happened. "My concern is him as an individual, as a friend, teammate, brother, and [when] when he's ready to play basketball, go out there and fight with him. ESPN.com

February 16, 2014 Updates

If you ask Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony isn’t heading anywhere. “The one thing that I know is he is locked [in], and he is a Knick,” Chandler said. “He showed that. When times were rough, he went out of his way to make sure that every guy was okay and that everyone understood we’re in it together. If we’re going to sink or go down, we’re going to go down together. At the end of the day, we’re going fight together and I appreciate that.” Basketball Insiders

February 7, 2014 Updates

“Tyson’s numbers are down and you guys in the media made him Defensive Player of the Year, but he’s nowhere near the player he was two years ago,” said the same source. “If you go back to the playoff series against Indiana, Tyson has struggled and he’s usually pointing the finger at Woody.” New York Daily News

January 23, 2014 Updates

Woodson spent some of his weekly appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 reiterating that his relationship with center Tyson Chandler is good and that recent comments by Chandler questioning strategy and Anthony’s questioning of the team’s lack of fight will not divide the locker room. “Sure he did say that,” Woodson said on "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" when asked about Chandler’s comments. "But I am not going to fight with my players because ... we are all in this together. Tyson and I spoke, had a great conversation. At the end of the day, he’s still got to go out and perform, I still have to coach players to perform and at the end of the day we got to win.” ESPN.com

Woodson was asked how he will move forward after Chandler’s comments. “Where I go from here is I am going to challenge him to be better,” the coach said. “And I am going to challenge Melo and all the other guys that are in uniform to be better. That’s where I go as a coach. I am not going to sit here and demoralize Tyson,” Woodson added. “Again, Tyson is a big piece to what we do. Tyson helped us win 54 games last year. And 18-6 the year before that. We just go to get everybody on board, back playing hard, competing for 48 minutes and see what happens.” ESPN.com

ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which starts in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the cut alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis. ESPN.com

A Team USA source said Chandler and Carmelo Anthony will be named Thursday as part of the 28-player Team USA roster for 2014-16. Anthony said he will not play this summer’s FIBA World Cup in Spain but is still “open’’ to the Olympic Team in 2016. Chandler told The Post he may want to play this summer, depending on how his body feels. New York Post

January 22, 2014 Updates

Tyson Chandler’s comments that were critical of Mike Woodson’s defensive schemes may have annoyed the head coach, but they certainly didn’t surprise him. According to a team source, Woodson recently confronted Chandler about comments the veteran center made that could be interpreted as undermining the coach’s authority. It is unclear when that conversation took place, but it could have happened last week following a loss to the Indiana Pacers, when Chandler said “we didn’t make adjustments.” New York Daily News

It was around that same time that Chandler was spotted at the Knicks’ practice facility eating lunch with team president Steve Mills. That’s hardly a crime and not necessarily uncommon. But according to a source it was yet another reason for Woodson to be paranoid. Mills was hired to replace Woodson’s friend and former college teammate, Glen Grunwald, and Mills has not been overwhelmed by Woodson’s job performance. The Daily News reported last week that both Dolan and Mills would like to see Woodson hold the players more accountable. That edict was followed by Woodson when he benched J.R. Smith against Charlotte for insubordination. New York Daily News

January 21, 2014 Updates

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson does not believe comments by Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony about the Knicks being outschemed and exploited in Monday's 103-80 loss to Brooklyn were attacks on his coaching. "Absolutely not," Woodson said Tuesday. "I think when you win games things are OK. When you lose games things seem to creep in. I don't ever air and don't like players airing [problems]. Tyson and I, we spoke. I don't know exactly what was actually said from Tyson but at the end of the day I have to coach and I have to get players playing harder and smarter. That's their job to do that." ESPN.com

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