Tyson Chandler feels sorry for Dirk Nowitzki
Chandler, a teammate of Deron Williams on Team USA now in training camp in Las Vegas and soon to be a teammate of Jason Kidd with the New York Knicks, said he feels badly for Dirk Nowitzki now that the 2011 title team is kaput and the 2012-13 Mavs season doesn't look so hot either.
Of course, the Mavs swung and missed this week at bringing Williams home as a free agent, and two days later Kidd, walked away from Dallas' offer and agreed to join the Knicks because he deemed the roster to be superior.
“I am a little bit stunned, but I kind of felt like it was going to be that, honestly," Chandler told reporters in Vegas. "If they weren’t able to land Deron Williams or Dwight [Howard], I knew there would be trouble down the road. I feel sorry for Dirk; really for Dirk and the coaching staff. You go from winning a championship to kind of it seems like you’re almost in a rebuilding stage. Especially for Dirk at this point in his career, I really feel bad for him."
Chandler changed tunes when the acquisition of Kidd was brought up. For an often dysfunctional unit that some accuse of having mismatched parts, Tyson said Kidd's calmness will be a welcomed edition.
"That’s what we need," Chandler said. "We need that in the huddle. It’s going to huge for us."
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to talk about the NBA playoffs.
Play Podcast Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gives his take on the contrasting styles of the Pacers and Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, Bulls-Heat, Tom Thibodeau, the state of the West and more.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to talk about who he would rather have if forced to choose between Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
Play Podcast Tim MacMahon joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the possibility of Chris Paul joining the Mavericks and break down what kind of pitch Mark Cuban would have to make to the NBA's best point guard.
Play Podcast ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to touch on the storylines in the NBA playoffs and offer a Mavs perspective.
Play Podcast Rick Carlisle joins Chuck Cooperstein and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Mavericks' disappointing season and what needs to happen for them to get back to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Donnie Nelson joins Chuck Cooperstein and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Mavericks' season and the importance of this summer.
Play Podcast Rick Carlisle joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Mavericks playing after being eliminated from playoff contention, whom he wants to keep for next season and much more.