Knicks center Tyson Chandler has been in the national spotlight since high school. Find out why with these 10 fun facts.
By Bobby Bonett
Chandler grew up on a family farm in Hanford, California. He worked for his grandfather, according to an article in Sports Illustrated. He moved when he was 10.
The summer before his freshman season at Compton Dominguez High School, Chandler, then 6-10, was profiled in a “60 Minutes” segment. He wore a Maurice Taylor Michigan jersey and shorts in the segment, according to clutchfans.com.
At 15, the Los Angeles Daily News profiled Chandler again. The newspaper wrote that watching him play, “conventional wisdom goes right out the window. It’s the way he gracefully runs the floor and the body control he displays when he catches a pass in the low post and turns and shoots.”
Compton Dominguez won the California state title Chandler’s senior year. Named the state’s player of the year, Chandler averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks per game.
During his time at Compton Dominguez, Chandler played with Tayshaun Prince, who was a senior during Chandler’s freshman year. Brandon Jennings was also a ball boy at the school during Chandler’s tenure.
Chandler is married. He and his wife Kimberly have three children.
Chandler was one of seven judges for the 2011 Miss USA Pageant, and did a skit during the 2011 ESPY awards.
Chandler has been traded six times in his career:
- On draft day in 2001 from the Clippers to the Bulls.
- From the Bulls to the Hornets in 2006.
- From the Hornets to the Thunder in 2009. (Chandler failed a physical and the trade was voided.)
- From the Hornets to the Bobcats in 2009.
- From the Bobcats to the Mavericks in 2010.
- From the Mavericks to the Knicks in 2011.
Chandler starred in a “Funny or Die” video with Shaun Marion and Kevin Love satirizing the 2011 NBA lockout. In the video, the three NBAers misunderstand the definition of “lockout,” and instead show up for a “Jefferson Middle School lock in.”
According to his website, Chandler’s favorite song is “6 Foot 7 Foot,” by Lil Wayne, his favorite television show is “Modern Family,” and his favorite movie is “Social Network.”