While some people want to proclaim the Tyson Chandler trade
a loss based on the big man’s play with Team USA in the World
Championships, let’s remember that this is an international tournament
and drawing any conclusions about Chandler is foolish.
Here’s a novel concept: why don’t we wait until
he starts playing with the Mavericks and then start forming opinions, good or
I know, I know. That’s not how it works. We want to
hear the sensational opinions from the un-sensational. But I know those of you
frequenting this blog are smarter than that.
And I would contend that, so far, the world championships
have been a rousing success for Chandler, no matter what his numbers say. Why?
Because he looks like he’s moving better than he has in two years and
that’s far more important right now than any scoring or rebounding that
Those things will come if he’s healthy. And as long as
he is, he’s going to be a favorite of fans once they see him this season.
No, he won’t do certain things as well as Erick Dampier did. But he’ll
do other things better. Chandler’s play is not going to be as important
to this team as, say, Roddy Beaubois’ improvement. But it will be needed
by a team that has only one other true center – Brendan Haywood.