DALLAS _ Tyson Chandler no longer plays for the Dallas Mavericks. But he gave them a big-time assist on Tuesday.
Chandler, now the starting center for the New York Knicks, awarded Toronto coach Dwane Casey his NBA championship ring prior to Tuesday's Knicks-Raptors' game in Toronto. Casey was the Mavs' lead assistant coach and defensive coordinator last year when the Mavs won their first NBA title.
Normally, Casey would have received his ring when the Raptors made their annual trip to Dallas. But when the Raptors made their lone trip to Dallas on Dec. 30, those championship rings were still a work in progress.
Thus, Chandler was able to help out the Mavs and provide Casey with this special moment.
Once the players from the Knicks and Raptors were introduced, some video highlights of the Mavs' 2010-'11 season were shown on the Jumbotron. So, too, were congratulatory messages from coach Rick Carlisle, forward Dirk Nowitzki, and guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry.
Chandler then met Casey at midcourt, gave him his star-studded ring, and the two men shared a hug.
-- Dwain Price
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