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Tyson Chandler got stronger in the offseason, says ultimate goal is winning a championship in New York
Tyson Chandler already has talked about how bad he felt during the offseason for being outplayed by Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the conference semifinals and he “vowed” he would never let his teammates down again.
Chandler said similar things in a video promoting Muscle Milk.
“Whenever you don’t win a championship you didn’t complete your task,” he said. “I have a sour taste in my mouth from last season,” he said. “I felt like I left something on the table.
In the video, Chandler lifts weights and displays his new jumper and little baby hook shoot.
“There’s no offseason for me because there’s always somebody else working,” he said. “I refuse to let them outwork me.
“I’m a lot stronger now than I was when I finished the season.”
Chandler was battling through neck issues and had lost weight from a bout of strep throat in the playoffs. He said he’s put on muscle and gained about 15 pounds in preparation for this season, which starts in three weeks.
The Knicks open the preseason tonight against Boston.
“Ultimately my goal is to win a championship in New York,” Chandler said. “I got a long ways to go. I have to be physically and mentally ready to go the whole distance. That’s what drives me every day.”