Tyson Chandler Doesn’t Want to ‘Waste Another Season’

by April 16, 2014

It’d be fair to characterize Tyson Chandler’s time in New York this season as less than pleasant. The frustrated Knicks big man says he has no interest in throwing another year away. Per the NY Post:

Chandler has one year left on his pact at $14 million and becomes a free agent in 2015, when (Phil) Jackson is looking to pounce on a free-agent class that could include LeBron James and will feature Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo and Goran Dragic, among others.

“I definitely don’t want to waste another season,” Chandler said before the Knicks faced the Nets Tuesday at Barclays Center. “I don’t want to waste this season. I’m not into wasting seasons. Your time is too short in this league and I want to win a championship, another one. I’m not into wasting seasons.”

Asked if Jackson’s plan was more about the future than present, he said: “I’ll cross that bridge when it gets to that point. I hope it’s not that situation.

“That decision isn’t going to be in my hands,” Chandler added.

Chandler is one of the few players in the NBA with experience playing the triangle offense, which he did early in his career with Chicago. It didn’t work.

“I played it my first couple of years, but it was like a square because Phil wasn’t there,’’ Chandler said. “We ran it with Tim Floyd, then Bill Cartwright. It didn’t work out well, but we didn’t have the talent Phil had in Chicago.”

Chandler still thinks this squad can succeed as constructed, but with better teamwork. When asked if he wants to be part of this new program, Chandler said: “I’m signed up to be part of this program. I think the future can definitely be bright. I think we still have positive pieces. We just have to understand how to put it together.”

Chandler, who averaged 8.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, is still dumbfounded as to what went wrong during this non-playoff season, which ends Wednesday against the Raptors.

“I thought I had a great summer of training,’’ Chandler said. “I broke my leg early in the year, then from there it spiraled downhill.

“[The chemistry] never felt right throughout the season. We had some bright spots. Never where we were on a level where we should’ve been. I don’t have an answer for that.

“It’s definitely something we didn’t expect. We came with high expectations, high hopes. It’s definitely disappointing.”