The New York Knicks shipped center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas this past summer, and the big fella couldn’t be happier.
The Mavs are thriving, while the Knicks are still, well, the Knicks.
Chandler feels pity for former teammate Carmelo Anthony, as he endures yet another horrible season in Gotham.
Melo urged Knicks fans to pay respect to the great years Chandler gave them prior to Tuesday night’s matchup at MSG.
Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler feels sorry for former New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony, the face of a team that fell to 5-22 with Tuesday’s 107-87 loss to the Mavs.
“I do because he’s a competitor,” said Chandler, who received a warm ovation from the crowd in his return to Madison Square Garden and had eight points and 14 rebounds in the win. “I laced them up and went to battle with him for the last three years and know what kind of competitor he is. […] I know he wants to win, and I know he’s going to take a lot of this heat. And it’s unfortunate because he’s a hell of a player in our league. It’s just unfortunate.”
“He signed a contract to come back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take this team to the next level,” Chandler said. “I ultimately feel like it will with the right pieces. They have to get luck with some things in free agency or get a high draft pick or whatever the case may be, but it takes a while to change the culture. […] You bring in a new coach and you bring in a new offense and a new identity. As long as players and everybody here understands that it’s a process, it’ll be all right. The moment it gets tough is when you’re losing. Losing makes things difficult.”