Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tyson Chandler says he's ready to roll
DALLAS -- Early in his career when Tyson Chandler played for the Chicago Bulls, he missed six games with esophagitis -- the inflammation of the esophagus that can cause major irritations. But the ailment that kept the Dallas Mavericks' 7-foot-1 center out of Tuesday's game was apparently a good old-fashioned stomach bug.
"I guess there’s something floating around," Chandler said after the team's Thursday morning shootaround. "I talked to my grandmother and she told me, ‘Baby, it’s floating around.’ A couple of days and I’m fine now.”
Chandler is expected to play tonight in the return of Avery Johnson as head coach of the New Jersey Nets. The Mavs are seeking their 11th consecutive victory, but they know it won't come easily in what should be an emotionally charged game.
"I think we’ll be focused,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “Avery did a great job when he was here, that’s obvious. I think everybody appreciates what he did when he was here. We have to play a basketball game against their basketball team and that’s what we have to focus on.”