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Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun Tyson Chandler has played 12 seasons in the NBA.  Over those 12 seasons he has developed a reputation as a physical rebounder and shot blocker.  Thus far in training camp, Chandler has been working to improve his offensive reputation. The 7-foot-1 Center is coming off his first season as an All Star.  Last year Chandler, averaged 10.4 points, and 10.7 rebounds per game.  Chandler also had 75 blocks and is considered to be the Knicks defensive anchor. Chandler shot 63.8 percent from the field last season, but the majority of his points came on putbacks and alley-oops.  During the first week of Knicks training camp Chandler has been working to diversify his offensive repertoire.  While most of his teammates participated in scrimmages, Chandler was seen practicing his jumper with Knicks coaches. Chandler repeatedly practiced catching, turning and shooting the ball from the elbow.  He also worked on his baseline jumper. Predictably, Chandler missed more shots than he made, but the fact that he is working on his jumper is a good sign.  If Chandler can become at least an average jump shooter, the Knicks will become an even more dangerous offensive team. The Knicks offense became stagnant at times last season.  This was not completely Chandler’s fault, but his lack of offensive ability allowed the opposing team’s center to sag off of Chandler and clog the paint.  This made it hard for Raymond Felton and other Knicks point guards to penetrate the lane. The Knicks primarily run the pick and roll on offense with Chandler setting the screen for the ball handler.  This offense resulted in many alley oop dunks for Chandler but better teams cut off that option.  If Chandler can develop his jumper teams will have to respect it.  This will force Chandler’s defender to stay closer to him on the pick and roll, which allows the ball handler to get into the lane for a layup or a kick out to an open shooter. No one is expecting Chandler to become a deadly shooter.  Ultimately, Chandler’s rebounding and defense will be more important to the Knicks as they compete for a title. We have a lot of guys that are defensive-minded and can get after it,” Chandler said. “It’s going to be our defense that puts us over the hump.”  The team is stacked with offensive weapons, so Chandler’s offense would be a plus not a necessity. Chandler was very disappointed at how last season ended.  “That’s why all summer what I concentrated on was the weight room and shooting jump shots.”  The 2012 defensive player of the year will have to play at his best for the Knicks to compete in the East.  If Chandler can provide defensive intensity and  knock down an occasional jumper, the Knicks chances will only improve.

Knicks Talk: Tyson Working on Jumper

Via Marc Berman Tyson spent most of practice shooting more Js while teammates scrimmaged. I asked Woodson if he’s making enough of them to ignite optimism. “I don’t know if he’s making a bunch yet,” Woodson said. “He’s shooting a lot. He’s got to get to the scrimmage first to put it to use. We’ve tried to get him comfortable to take the shot because teams are laying...

Tyson Chandler Has Been Working On His Jumper

Finally some Knicks news that doesn’t involve Carmelo Anthony nor J.R. Smith. Knicks big man Tyson Chandler spent the summer working on his jump shot. Chandler has worked on the jumper all offseason. He declined to attend Hakeem Olajuwon’s big man camp, feeling the jumper is more important in the modern-day game than scoring in the post. “I think it can be deadly,” he said...

Memories of “A** Whooping” Will Motivate Tyson Chandler

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J.R. Smith Needs to ‘Grow Up,’ Knicks Coach Mike Woodson Says

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Nets Coach Jason Kidd Suspended for Two Games

Kidd’s Mugshot Nets rookie head coach Jason Kidd has been suspended for Brooklyn’s first two games, after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired in the state of New York. The incident occurred last year before Kidd was preparing for what would be he final season as a player with the New York Knicks. Kidd crashed his SUV into a tree early in the morning in Long Island...

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says it’s time for JR Smith to grow up

Knicks star JR Smith had an eventful summer. He signed a new four-year deal with the Knicks, had knee surgery, dyed his hair three colors and got suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Now that NBA training camps have opened, head coach Mike Woodson has made it clear that it’s time for JR to grow up. “I’m not going to throw him out to the pasture,” Woodson...

Why Knicks Should Keep Chris Douglas-Roberts On Board

Chris Douglas-Roberts, a second round NBA Draft pick in 2008, has a career average of 7.5 points through 162 contests on 44% shooting from the field. That's not so bad. But for whatever reason, CDR has failed to stick in the NBA. He fell out of favor with Coach Scott Skiles while playing for the Bucks during the 2010-11 season, and from there on out, it's been an unfortunate...

Andrea Bargnani, now a Knick, tries to get used to a brand-new country, team, and situation

When Bargnani was healthy and on the floor for the Raptors, he had no troubling scoring points. The other aspects of the game? Not as good Andrea Bargnani had extremely hefty expectations thrown onto him that were almost unfair for an international draftee after the Raptors made him the top overall pick in 2006. Picked ahead of future All-Stars like Brandon Roy, LaMarcus...

Knicks Training Camp: 10/2

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J.R. Smith Blames Playoff Struggles On Upsetting The “NBA Gods”

J.R. Smith had a postseason to forget this past season. The reigning sixth man of the year wasn’t able to shoot over 38.5% in any of the remaining games after serving his one-game suspension. Smith was suspended for elbowing Jason Terry and he claims that upset the ‘NBA Gods’. “I call it ‘pissing the NBA […]

Jason Kidd Coaching Debut Pushed Back

Jason Kidd will have to wait a little longer for his debut as coach for the Brooklyn Nets as he has been given a two game suspension after pleading guilty to driving while ability impaired. The Nets coach crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole back in July 15th on eastern Long Island as he was returning from a charity function.  A Southhampton Town Police report stated that...

Jason Kidd suspended 2 games over DWI, will miss home opener

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