NEW YORK -- Tyson Chandler received his award before Thursday's Game 3 against Miami after being named this season's Defensive Player of the Year. The trophy was presented to him by four-time winner Dikembe Mutombo.
Chandler has been credited with spearheading a change in the defensive culture in New York, much the way he did last season when he won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks.
After Chandler joined the Knicks this season, New York ranked fifth in defensive efficiency and 10th in the league in opponent field goal percentage.
"I feel like coming here in free agency, if I could change the culture around here and bring the Knicks back to where they were in the '90's, bring back that great effort, it could be fun times," Chandler said Wednesday. "And that's what I love about the game. When you're playing hard-nosed basketball and you're giving it everything, that's the beauty of the game and that's what I wanted to bring back here."