NEW YORK – Amare Stoudemire joked that he must be rubbing off on Tyson Chandler. And not in a good way.
Chandler is tied with Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins for second in the NBA with nine technical fouls. He trails only Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who has 12. Last year, Stoudemire finished third in the league in techs with 15 (he currently ranks fifth with 7).
“I think I’m rubbing off on him a little bit,” Stoudemire said. “I don’t know, it’s just a matter of being aware of the situation and being able to control yourself in the heat of the moment. The game is so energetic and you’re so involved that you have the tendency to kind of react off emotion. I’m pretty sure that he’ll do a better job of controlling himself.”
Chandler will have to, with the shorten NBA season, after player receives his 13th technical foul, he must serve a one-game suspension and will serve another game for every other technical received after that.
But Chandler made a promise and he has enlisted some help in finding his inner balance.
“I’m not getting any more the rest of the season,” he said. “I talked to Jeremy Lin and all of that, and he’s working on calming me down.”
Chandler said that he will have to be more aware of his emotions, knowing that his absence could drastically affect the defensively. He still promised to steer clear of the referees and remain on the floor.
“Like I said, I’ve been spending time with Jeremy Lin in the chapel and everything is fine,” he said.
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