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TNT talkers tout Tyson

Tyson Chandler dunks the ball in the first

Tyson Chandler dunks the ball in the first half of a game against the New Orleans Hornets. (Jan. 13, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

TNT’s Charles Barkley has gotten me through many a column and blog post with his colorfully skeptical views of the Knicks, so it’s only fair to note when he says something nice about one of New York’s own. Even better, two!

Here is Barkley on the Knicks’ center not getting a starting nod for the East All-Stars: “Tyson Chandler should’ve been there [as a starter]. I love Kevin Garnett but Tyson Chandler should’ve been there.”

And here he is on J.R. Smith’s credentials to be an all-star reserve: “He’s grown up. He’s playing mature . . . He should be rewarded. He’s been the second best player on the Knicks.”

(Chandler also got a nod from a fellow center on TNT’s analyst crew, by the way. “Tyson Chandler should be starting,’’ Shaquille O’Neal said. "[Kevin Garnett] doesn’t look like the Kevin Garnett of old.’’)

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