NEW YORK -- The Dallas Mavericks are over the days of losing center Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks to free agency in the offseason of 2011.
But coach Rick Carlisle still has high praise for the man who brought a defensive culture to the Mavs while helping them win the 2011 NBA title.
"He’s a terrific player,'' Carlisle said after Monday morning's shootaround at Madison Square Garden. "I would have nothing but glowing things to say about him.''
Chandler is coming off a season-high 23 rebounds he picked up during this past Saturday's 107-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Carlisle hopes the Mavs will be able to reduce that number considerably when Dallas (34-23) meets the Knicks (21-35) at 6:30 Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
"He brings intensity and attitude, rim protection, lob dunks, batted out balls kept alive for second chances,'' Carlisle said. "All those kinds of things are really important tangibles to winning games.
"So we've got to do a job on him and keep a body on him, and keep him off the boards as much as possible.''
-- Dwain Price
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