How times have changed. From being considered a key player that the New York Knicks desperately needed to win, to now being an odd man out, Tyson Chandler’s time as a Knicks could be running out – and rightfully so.
The Knicks were on a five-game winning streak without Tyson Chandler’s presence when he was out with an upper respiratory infection, which he suffered during the Knicks Texas road trip. When he returned, the general consensus was that the Knicks game would be elevated to an even higher level of play. Upon his return, they would be back to the form they had last season when they won 54 games. Surprisingly, though, things got worse upon his return. The Knicks have lost four in a row and they haven’t even been close, getting embarrassed by the Pacers, Nets, and Clippers, and have opened their eight game home stand with two straight losses.
Losing to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats is never a good feeling. Andrea Bargnani is a shell of his early season self with Chandler back in the lineup, and even Chandler himself is not nearly as effective as he was last season when he made the all defensive first team. The Knicks are noticeably better when Bargnani is at the center position. Putting Chandler on the bench would most likely anger him and isn’t even an option at this point. The best option would be to trade him.
The Knicks have stunk with him, no signs point towards an improved Knicks team with Tyson Chandler so their is no incentive to keep him around. He blamed Mike Woodson for not scheming as good as he should’ve as the reason for the loss to Brooklyn. He may have lost the support of Woodson which would warrant a trade if the Knicks were already considering it. Despite all the good Chandler has done for the Knicks in the past, it is now time to think about the present and the future. To ensure the best future, trading Chandler now would be the best option.