Tyson Chandler said in an interview Thursday with ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show" that the Knicks miss the leadership of Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace.
"Absolutey," Chandler said. "When you lose those guys your talking about a Hall of Famer and a guy in Kurt Thomas that has been a special player in the league for a long time ... But I definitely think that there's room for guys that are in the locker room now to grow and step into that void and it's just a learning experience."
Chandler also said it was unfair to blame Mike Woodson for Monday's loss to Washington, in which the coach failed to call timeout to set up a play on the Knicks' final possession.
"I was on the bench, he told us we had timeouts. We had fouls to give. We can't go blaming that kind of stuff on him. I know he took the hit. I know he is always willing to, but at the end of the day, he's coaching us," Chandler said. "He's giving us the situations, the scenarios when we walk out on the court. It's our job as players to execute them. The same thing down the stretch it. It has nothing to do with coaching us, but us learning, getting better."
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