Chandler not surprised Mavs struggling

Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks

Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks warms up before playing against the New Jersey Nets. (Dec. 21, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks center Tyson Chandler is 1-0 with his new club after Sunday's season-opening win against Boston. But Chandler's former team, the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, has lost its first two games, both at home by wide margins.

Dallas lost to Miami, 105-94, on Sunday, then to Denver, 115-93, on Monday.

Chandler said he is not surprised Dallas has gotten off to a slow start.

"Yeah, honestly, I kind of saw it coming because when you put a team in a situation where you say, 'You're the defending champions but we're not necessarily trying to repeat.' When I say that, I'm not saying they don't have the pieces there -- I obviously think very highly of those guys," Chandler said. "I say that because they offered everybody one-year deals, so they knew nobody was going to necessarily accept that. You're basically telling all the players in the locker room, 'We're playing for free agency next year,' after a championship.

"You've got veteran guys in the locker room. In this time in their career, it's tough to face that. They're going through a little lull right now, but I'm hoping for those guys that it turns around because there's truly good guys in that locker room."

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