The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to sniff the success of their 2011 NBA Championship run, mainly in part because of the dismantling of their roster afterwards. One of the players to leave in the fallout and change of front office strategy, owner Mark Cuban trying to be smarter about the new luxury tax rules, was center Tyson Chandler.
Chandler was an emotional leader and a defensive presence in the pace, both things the Mavericks have struggled to replace since he turned down their bloated one-year deal in favor of a long-term contract with the New York Knicks.
On Wednesday, the Mavericks made a trade with the Knicks to bring Chandler back to Dallas and he is enthusiastic about the arrival. Chandler is also making some lofty promises, like being able to perform better than he did during that championship run.
“Absolutely, I think I can be better,” Chandler said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I finished the season healthy. I was already looking forward to this summer because I felt like there were so many things I could improve on. Then once I started in the gym, I’ve already seen in the six weeks or two months I’ve been working out so much improvement already that I’m truly excited.
“When this happened and I know I’m putting myself in a situation again to really have a shot at making a run, it just gives me more to work on and more excitement and more drive.”
Chandler added: “I hope it works out as good as it did last time.”