GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After his exit meeting with the Knicks last spring, Tyson Chandler said one of his goals for the 2012-13 season was to become more of an offensive threat.
In the offseason, the Knicks arranged for him, as well as Amar'e Stoudemire, to work with Hakeem Olajuwon at the Knicks' practice facility. Chandler already had a developed outside shot, but he hardly used it.
One of those rare moments came on Monday night against the Sixers, when Chandler caught the ball at the top of the key, like he usually does to help set up the offense, but instead of making the next pass, he squared up and shot a 15-foot jumpshot. Swish.
Is that something we can expect to see more of at times? Chandler says yes.
"I've been working on it," he told ESPNNewYork.com after Wednesday's practice. "If my defender's going to lay off, I'm going to start taking that shot. I consistently knock it down in practice. Before, I just wanted to make sure we stayed in our offense and get guys touches, and get guys the ball in the right spot, but if they're going to lay off me like that, I feel like I can knock it down. Then if my guy starts running at me, then we're really in good offense."
MAV-ELOUS MEMORIES: On Friday night, Chandler and Jason Kidd face Dallas, where they won a title in 2011. But for both of them, it won't be emotional for different reasons.
Kidd: "If I was 23, yes, but I'm not 23. To see the guys and see (Mark) Cuban and those guys, it will be good to see, but they're on the other side right now. I might see some of those guys on Thursday for dinner, but come game time, my job is to try and win a ball game."
Chandler: "It's a different team than I played with, especially with Shawn Marion going down and Dirk (Nowitzki) not being there. Those might be the only two guys that were on the floor with me. So it's not the same, but Dallas will always have a special place in my heart because we won a championship together."
BENCH PRESS: The second unit has been pushing the starting five in practice, winning some of the scrimmages. The team needs that to maintain intensity and consistency during games.
"It makes it very competitive," Mike Woodson said. "The second group, some days, they've come in and had their way with the first team, and that's good. I mean, that's healthy for your team in terms of watching two teams go at it, because neither team wants to lose and it gives us an opportunity to work on things that we've put in from a coaching standpoint."
CHEMISTRY IN CHECK: Raymond Felton said that he hasn't been on a team where everyone's clicking on and off the court since his UNC days.
"Just the way we communicate with each other, the way we bond, it's amazing," he said. "Just how everybody gets along, just the chemistry that you can feel, that energy. It's kind of like when I was in college when we won (the national championship) in '05. Just to have that special energy like that again, it kind of gives me a good feeling."
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