NEW YORK -- Tyson Chandler let out a loud yell towards the Dallas Mavericks' bench following a vicious rebound-dunk in the fourth quarter Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Or, did he?
"I don't know what I was doing,'' Chandler said following the New York Knicks' 104-94 win over the Mavs. "It was somewhere in that area.
"I heard a couple of familiar voices talking.''
Chandler was a key cog on the Mavs' team that captured the 2011 NBA title. But most of those key players -- including Chandler -- did not have their contracts renewed after the season, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of some fans and some of those players.
Particularly since the players felt they never had a chance to see if they could repeat as NBA champions.
"It was an unfortunate thing because we won a championship together and we never got a chance (to repeat) after that,'' said Chandler, who played just that one season with the Mavs. "We broke
"But at the end of the day I'm happy, I’m in a great place. I like my chances here. I feel like we've got a great opportunity here with a lot of talent.''
The way Chandler sees it, the Knicks (4-0) have a lot in common with that Mavs' championship squad.
"It definitely reminds me of the chemistry, personalities, and the personnel that we had (in Dallas),'' Chandler said. "We were just really deep on that team.
"We hit teams with waves and teams couldn't really catch up with our first and second units. It's the same thing here -- we have great depth and it has to be our weapon.''
-- Dwain Price
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