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 Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.
Play Podcast Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.
Play Podcast Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
Play Podcast Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.
Play Podcast ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Play Podcast Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.
Play Podcast ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.