As training camp begins and the season is right around the corner, many of the weathered Knicks fans have begun to come out of the woodwork. As a fan myself, I have no doubt let my feelings show to the world (or for all my Facebook friends), in order to keep my sanity during the dark ages of this organization’s fandom.
Tyson Chandler was acquired by the Knicks through a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks at the onset of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. Chandler immediately made an impact on the team last year, playing a major role in turning the Knicks from 21st in defensive efficiency in 2010-11 to 5th by the close of the season. His absence only further highlighted his importance to the defense: the Knicks allowed over 110 points per game in each of the four games Chandler missed during the regular season. In general, Tyson serves as an on-court and off-court leader for the team, picking teammates up or giving them advice during the game, or being the most vocal cheerleader on the bench. It’s not a stretch to say that Chandler could be the most important player on the Knicks.
Basketball is finally around the corner. Today, training camps are set to open, meaning we’ll start to see some real basketball news. In preparation for the season ahead, we here at The Knicks Wall are going to give you our takes on the off-season that was and the season that is going to be.
Last night, Tyson Chandler hosted a gallery show with where he showed off his 15 photographs that will be sold to benefit UNICEF. A lot of people showed up to support Chandler, so there were some fun photos taken. Take a look:
Despite their numerous options, their multitude of weapons, the Knicks were a below average offensive team in 2011-12. Although they played at the fifth fastest pace in the league (nearly 96 possessions per game), they were 19th in offensive efficiency, averaging 101.4 points per 100 possessions. Needless to say, this isn’t what the Knicks’ front office imagined when they paired Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony together.
Double Scribble has been doing some tremendous work. I put their Olympic illustration of Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler together into a wallpaper for your computer and/or iPhone! Click on the image to get the full-sized wallpaper. The iPhone wallpaper is after the jump. You can buy a t-shirt here.
Understandably lost in the Jeremy Lin buzz last week was the fact that the Knicks quietly let Landry Fields walk to the Toronto Raptors. Though it didn’t cause nearly as much controversy as the Lin decision (Lindecision!) – the Knicks weren’t expected to match Fields’s three-year/$18-million offer sheet – it was yet another example of the Knicks failing to retain young, home-grown talent.
Great work, @Pavvy8.
It’s official. The Knicks did not match Jeremy Lin’s offer-sheet, letting him to be signed to the Houston Rockets for $25.1 million over three-years.
Letting Lin leave for the Rockets could be a colossal mistake, or it could be financially savvy move that has little bearing on the team’s ultimate success. Nobody really knows, which only adds more confusion and heat to the debate. Lin could be the player that showed All-Star potential last February, he could be an above-average to average point guard like he showed in March, or he could end up a below average player.
Tonight, at 9PM EST, the Men’s Olympic Team will take on the Dominican Republic in an exhibition match. This will be the first time we see Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony – two of the Knicks’ big three – put on their countries colors in a mission for a gold medal in London.
I’ve been promising them for a while, so here you go. If you want any other players, be sure to comment below the post or tweet me (@TheKnicksWall)!
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With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Knicks, it’s about time something positive came out concerning our beloved New York team. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tyson Chandler has been named the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and will be acknowledged tomorrow at the Knicks’ training facility.