Eerie silence on would-be opening night

Instead of raising their banner, Mavericks are left waiting for word on NBA season

Updated: November 2, 2011, 2:11 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Tyson Chandler's present-day basketball exploits amount to some high-intensity pickup games.

"I've been working out in the Valley," said Chandler, who lives in Southern California during the offseason. "The other day, myself, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ricky Rubio, Danny Granger, the Gasol brothers and a couple of young draft picks were playing pickup in L.A.

"I wish I had a few more of my teammates there to take on those Celtics."

The 7-foot-1 Dallas Mavericks center ...

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