Tyson Chandler Fires Back At Phil Jackson And New York Knicks

Posted: Sep 21 2014, 8:05pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Tyson Chandler Fires Back at Phil Jackson and New York Knicks
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Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler fired back at New York Knicks president Phil Jackson on Sept. 19 months after he was traded along with Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin in June.

Tyson Chandler has fired back at Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks.

Chandler is fuming over allegations he was the reason behind chemistry issues the Knicks had last season, resulting in him getting dealt to the Dallas Mavericks along with Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin in June, per a Sept. 19 interview ESPN Dallas' Tim McMahon:

"Months later, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler is still mad about insinuations that he sent Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas in the late-June deal.

"Chandler has been portrayed in several media reports since then as a player who caused internal problems for the Knicks last season, much to his chagrin.

"'I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there,' Chandler said Friday. 'You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from.

"'I honestly don't know where that came from. I don't know if Phil put that out there or who put that out there, but to me, that was the ultimate shock. And you don't have to say that to get rid of me or trade me. The trade is over.

"So to judge my character and what I've done, you can go look at all my teammates and ask all of my teammates in the past, and the coaches I've played for, and I've never been a problem and never had a problem. So that was a shock to me that I didn't appreciate.'

"Mavs owner Mark Cuban, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership ability as one of the motivating factors in bringing him back to Dallas. Chandler was widely recognized as the spiritual leader during Dallas' 2010-11 championship season. He has always prided himself in being an unselfish player who demands the best of his teammates.

"'It makes no sense,' Chandler said. 'If you call holding people accountable daily being a bad influence, then hey, I'm a bad influence. But I'm going to be that as long as I'm going to strap up my shoes and step on the basketball court. And that was the big problem there.

"'That's the biggest thing. I guess if that's why I was a bad influence, because I wanted to do things the right way, then I guess I'm a bad influence. But I've never heard of that. I thought that was being a professional.'"

In another team development, Jonah Ballow of the Knicks' official website analyzes the working relationship between Jackson and new head coach Derek Fisher in New York:

"Jackson is the most decorated head coach in NBA history with 11 championships. Fisher captured five titles as the point guard for the (Los Angeles) Lakers and now enters his first season on the sidelines. This begs the question: How will these two highly successful men coexist in New York?

"The first step is to understand Jackson's mindset heading into this inaugural season of collaboration.

"'I see a role simply as a guy who is willing and ready to offer support, willing and ready to step into a private session if there is need be, and talk about alternative things that can happen on the basketball court,' Jackson explained. 'I have been helping him conduct these workouts that we've had here on this court. So I've kind of gotten through a coaching jag that I've had and realized that it's not my role to be on the court.'

"One would understand the temptation to inch toward the coach's seat. However, Jackson is now the president of the New York Knicks and completely immersed in the day-to-day duties of player evaluations, trades, and the overall direction of the franchise from a basketball perspective. We've already seen a significant six-player trade, the selection of a highly-regarded draft pick in Cleanthony Early, the essential re-signing of Carmelo Anthony, and the hiring of Fisher during Jackson's short tenure in the Knicks' front office.

"'This is where a young man (Fisher) steps in and has the energy to lead the team moving forward. I'm very willing to share what I have and that's why I'm here, is to flesh out what I've accumulated over 30 years of coaching and what I can give back to this team and the game,' Jackson reassured."

For his part, Fisher told Ballow he's very comfortable working with Jackson:

"Our communication on the basketball stuff has just kind of been organic,' Fisher acknowledged. 'Phil has been at some practices and there are things that we talk about on the sideline, maybe in practice. He joined us during practice and other than that we don't really force it.

"One thing about Phil that I've known for a long time, especially playing for him is that he's not a micromanager, so I knew taking this job it wasn't going to be a situation where he was constantly going pulling my strings, he's confident in my ability to try and lead this team. At the same time, what better resource for a new coach to have than one of the best coaches to do ever do it right over your shoulder, talking to you and giving you advice along the way."

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