Give Tyson Chandler an A for attitude in his first visit
with Dallas media members.
Chandler has always been a jovial sort and he also showed
this morning that he’s got the Mavericks’ best interests at heart,
saying he is completely comfortable being the backup to Brendan Haywood.
Chandler also knows that, in this business, roles like that
often are fluid.
“I’m very excited about it,’’ he
said of the trade from Charlotte to the Mavericks. “I was jumping around
He added that his health is better now than it has been
since he was coming off that 2008 playoff run against the Mavericks when he
torched them with all those dunks off of Chris Paul lob passes.
“This is the first summer in a while when I’ve
been healthy,’’ he said. “I’ve been able to train since
two weeks after the season.’’
Chandler will be working out with the players trying out for
the USA Basketball national team starting Friday in Las Vegas. It’s an
honor he’s happy to get. And he’s even happier knowing that he’ll
be able to give his left ankle and foot a good test drive. Injuries kept
Chandler out of 29 games last season.
But mostly, he’s happy to be in Dallas. And if it’s
as a sixth-man, so be it.
““Yeah I’m definitely fine with that,’’
he said. “I think we all have the same goal in mind. So I’m good
with it. I feel like I can definitely speed the pace up for us as well as be an
anchor defensively for us.’’