Memories of “A** Whooping” Will Motivate Tyson Chandler
Last postseason, J.R. Smith was the easy scapegoat by the way he played on and off the court. Between shooting struggles, blatant elbows and club photos with Rihanna, Smith was easy to blame for the Knicks struggles.
However, he wasn’t alone in terrible play in the postseason. People may not remember this, but Tyson Chandler was manhandled by Roy Hibbert in the second round.
Fans may not remember the beating, but Chandler certainly hasn’t forgotten.
Chandler reflected on his dismal second round performance on Friday, and promised everyone that he would never play that poorly again. Here is what he had to say according to Marc Berman of the NY Post:
“I vowed to myself I would never let that happen again. I would never let my team down and be in that situation again. I’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s not about him [Hibbert]. It’s about me. My job is to stop whoever is in front of me and outplay them, no matter who it is. I’ve got to look at it like motivation, like I got my ass kicked. So next time I’m not going to let that happen.”
Chandler certainly did take a beating in that series averaging only six points and six rebounds a game, both way below his regular season average. Chandler made Hibbert look like Wilt Chamberlain, and because of the huge mismatch down low, the Knicks could not control the glass. Again, Chandler nor Smith can be solely blamed for the Knicks demise in the playoffs, but they were both certainly major factors.
Luckily for Chandler, a new year brings new beginnings. So far this training camp, Chandler has been working a lot on his mid range jumper and plans to add that element to his offensive repertoire this season. Chandler and the Knicks will get their first crack at the Pacers on Nov. 20 when Indiana comes to visit Madison Square Garden.
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