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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 by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Bottom line with Tyson Chandler coaching the Dallas Mavericks

Tyson Chandler, the player, showed the Mavs how to carry themselves and what it took to win when it mattered most. Chandler, the coach, could do the very same for Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and the rest of the Dallas locker room.

The Mavericks have in some way or another been looking for “the next Tyson Chandler” since 2011. At times trying to sell themselves on the idea of Tyson Chandler “starter kits.” When they talk about these prospects, however, they are speaking to what Tyson was as a player, and purely in a physical sense. They’re referencing his defensive-minded approach and rim protection. They’re talking about his thunderous alley-oop finishes and even his relentless motor.

What they never seem to focus on is what Chandler’s personality brought to the table. The leadership and presence in the locker room.

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With “the next Tyson Chandler,” the player, being so difficult to identify and acquire, perhaps the Dallas Mavericks should focus on “the original” and grant him the new label reading “coach” rather than seeking out a forced comparative of what Chandler was as a player and trying to force it on someone else.