The ink has not dried yet on his deal and the new Knicks center Tyson Chandler has already made quite a splash, at least on paper that is. The ten year veteran said that he thinks his new squad has the best front court in the National Basketball Association, at least on paper, but then added that they still have a lot of work to do. I guess you can listen to that theory, as New York will start Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire along with Chandler, but those are big words spoken in a city where the media hangs to each quote anyone says. The Knickerbockers head coach, Mike D’Antoni, did not try to avoid the subject and when asked he said this about his team…
“I think we’re as good or better than anybody in the league,” he said. “Our dreams came true. We were able to get Tyson. We can start to build a team.”
In order to get the big man New York had to make two different moves. First they waived Chauncey Billups under the league’s new amnesty provision, which took care of $14.2 million salary from the cap. Secondly the squad shipped Ronny Turiaf to the Washington Wizards in a salary dump. The big man almost averaged a double double last season with the world champions Dallas Mavericks, scoring 10.1 points while grabbing 9.4 boards, however his new coach wanted him for his intensity on the defensive side of the ball. Speakin of the team from the lone star state, they also got guard Andy Rautins in the trade, who played ball at Syracuse, which should be the top team in the country with the next poll.
While from an article from the New York Times it says not to expect much more from the team as they will be over the cap limit and not much more can be done from here on out, a tweet from Chris Mannix says otherwise. The SI.com columnist says that coach D’Antoni’s squad could be trying to get another player from Dallas, J.J. Barea. For now the team is still trying to get back to normal from the lock out and have to do it quickly has they have less than a week before their first scrimmage and two before they play their first game of the season on Christmas day. As a fan do you like the trade for the 7’1″ big man? Voice your opinion on the Fansided New York Knicks blog, Buckets over Broadway.