The Dallas Mavericks won the championship in 2011. With the organization recently celebrating the tenth anniversary and seemingly looking to “running it back” more or less with a collection of old faces from the title team in different roles, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit Bob Sturm’s book, This Year is Different: How the Mavs Won It All –The Official Story. In doing so, I found myself particularly intrigued by Tyson Chandler, not just as a player but as a leader and motivator.
So often when people talk about finding “the next Tyson”, they’re referring only to his play on the floor. They want the thunderous alley-oops, the rugged defense, and wreckless abandon that endeared him to MFFLs everywhere. What those people don’t focus on is the toughness and mental fortitude he was instrumental in installing within the Mavs title team.
His tenure in Dallas (either of them) may not have been long, but it unquestionably altered the course of the Mavericks franchise for the better. Seeing as how Jason Kidd, now the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, is looking to add him to his staff, it seemed as good a time as any to examine just what type of impact he might have in Dallas were he to return once more.
What would Tyson Chandler bring to the Dallas Mavericks as a coach?
Here is an in-depth look at Chandler’s playing career and time in Dallas to determine what he would bring to the team as an assistant coach.