DALLAS -- Is there some Tyson Chandler stuffed inside of Samuel Dalembert? Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't want to go there with that conversation.
Chandler played just one season for the Mavs and helped change the team's defensive culture while helping guide them to the 2011 NBA title. Chandler was a terror inside the paint and also was very vocal when trying to get his teammates fired up for the task at hand.
Dalembert has some of Chandler's defensive qualities. But Cuban decided to pump the brakes on his new center until his new center gets a few games until his belt as a member of the Mavs.
"Tyson has been gone for 19 years already,'' Cuban said Sunday, obviously exagerrating about 17 years. "Tyson was great for us, I love Tyson, great guy, nothing bad to say about Tyson, only great things to say about Tyson.
"We love him. We wouldn’t have won that championship without him.''
And about Dalembert, Cuban recognizes his rebounding and defensive prowess.
"He can rebound,'' Cuban said. "He’s historically been a rebound every three minutes, which is a great marker in the NBA.
"But Sam is Sam. Sam’s going to bring his unique qualities and I think we’ll be fine.''
-- Dwain Price
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