Friday, January 25, 2013
Ex-Mav Tyson Chandler gets first All-Star invitation
By Tim MacMahon
The Mavericks got shut out of the All-Star selections to snap a 13-year streak, but Dallas’ title team will be represented during the NBA’s midseason showcase.
Coaches picked Knicks center Tyson Chandler as one of the East’s seven reserves. It will be the first All-Star appearance for Chandler, a dozen-year veteran who was Defensive Player of the Year last season and the soul of the Mavs’ championship team two years ago.
Chandler, of course, left Dallas after Mark Cuban’s controversial post-lockout decision that creating space under the salary cap was more important than locking the big man into a long-term extension. The Knicks gave Chandler, who is averaging a career-high 12.2 points with 11.0 rebounds and an NBA-best 67.4 field goal percentage, a four-year, $55.4 million deal.
The lone Mavs center to be selected to an All-Star Game was James Donaldson in 1988.