Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler had been gone for three years, but it looks like the man never left to play for the New York Knicks.
This season, he has averaged 11.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, through mostly a series of blowouts, has been able to keep Chandler's minutes down - 27.3 minutes per game. If RC is able to do that, and the Mavs are able to maintain their winning ways - they are 8-3 right now - this would be a major coup for the team, Chandler and the head coach.
(No, Carlisle is not expecting this trend to maintain throughout the rest of the season).
While having Chandler back has made a major impact for the Mavs' defensively and more specifically at the rim, the biggest difference the 7-footer has made is attitude. If you have ever spent one minute around this man, he has a Tony Robbins like positivity to him.
This is one of those guys you would want on your team for precisely that reason. Hell, he's one of those guys you'd want in your life for precisely that reason. He rivals Jerry Jones in that regard ... plus, they would both pick up the check.
This attitude rubs off, and helps a team, especially when it comes from a key starter.
"He's actually a better player (than when he was here three years ago) because he's more knowledgable. He's also improved his shooting from the outside," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told me in a phone interview. "He enthusiasm is just boundless. That is what defines him as much as his playing ability."
It also helps Chandler is 7-feet tall, athletic, can run, jump, dunk, and block shots, too.
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