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Dallas Mavericks: What Tyson Chandler would bring as a coach

Darreck Kirby
Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

What would Tyson Chandler the coach bring to the Dallas Mavericks?

Tyson’s old-school mentality, not just about toughness and unyielding competitiveness but no-nonsense hard work and dedication, would be a welcomed change in Dallas. Possessing a booming voice and towering frame, Chandler resembles an  almost mythical figure, with a beard game that would make Kratos himself envious.

As a coach, Tyson could bring accountability to the Mavs’ relatively young and still inexperienced roster. When he arrived in Dallas just over ten years ago, the Mavericks had suffered first-round exits in four of the past five seasons. It demonstrated that while the team knew how to win in style throughout the regular season, they had no clue what it took to get the job done in the postseason. Today, the Mavs have still yet to win a playoff series since the 2011 NBA Finals, having lost five-straight opening-round series over that span.

Despite Dallas seizing a 2-0 series lead against the Clippers in this year’s opening round, the Mavs didn’t know how to respond when their early 30-11 lead was erased by a desperation charge from Kawhi Leonard and company. LA climbed back into the series. Aside from a massive win in Game 5, Dallas couldn’t rest back control as they lost four of their final five games to drop the series. The loss helped usher in a new front office and head coach.

With Tyson Chandler on the staff, mental toughness is likely a key trait of a Dallas Mavericks’ identity, meaning collapses like 2-0 series leads don’t happen.