Tyson Chandler: It never felt right throughout season
Tyson Chandler had high hopes for himself and the Knicks this season, but both failed to live up to their expectations.
Chandler broke his leg in the fourth game, and never regained the form or mobility that made him the Defensive Player of the Year two years ago. As for the Knicks, Chandler couldn't -- or wouldn't say -- exactly what went wrong, but he knows something was missing.
"It never felt right," Chandler said before the Knicks played the Nets Tuesday night. "In all honesty, it never felt right throughout the season. We had some bright spots but never where we were on the level that we should have been."
The Knicks, who were eliminated from the playoff race Saturday night, play their final game of the season Wednesday night against Toronto. Then an offseason filled with questions will begin.
Chandler is signed for one more season, and said he wants "to be part of this program," and that "the future is bright." But Chandler could be one of the Knicks' few trade assets.
It's possible the Knicks will hold as steady as possible with their roster and try to maintain the salary-cap room they have for the summer of 2015. But Chandler, who won an NBA championship with Dallas in 2011, doesn't want to experience another year like this.
"I definitely don't want to waste any seasons," Chandler said. "Your time is too short in this league, and I want to win a championship, another one."
Chandler was asked what he would do if the Knicks are more concerned with the 2015 offseason than the 2014-15 season. "I'll cross that bridge when it gets to that point," he said. "I hope that it's not that situation."
The Knicks have final say on Chandler. Trading him could also mean they would have to take back a player with multiple years on his deal, which would impact their 2015 flexibility.
Jackson will determine that, as well whether he believes Chandler is the kind of center he wants for the triangle offense the Knicks will run next season. Chandler knows the offense, having played in the triangle under Tim Floyd and Bill Cartwright in Chicago when he first came into the league.
"It probably was like a square because Phil wasn't there," Chandler said. "It didn't work out well. We didn't have the type of talent that Phil had when he was with Chicago."
Odom on the way. All signs are pointing to the Knicks signing Lamar Odom on Wednesday, with an option for next season. That gives the Knicks a chance to see if Odom, 34, who was a part of two championship teams under Jackson, can help them either on the court or in a trade.
"I like Lamar," Mike Woodson said. "I think he's a talent. He could've been good for us earlier in the season, I think, because he does a lot of things on the floor to help you win basketball games, that's for sure."