Tag:Wilson Chandler
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 1:55 pm
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Wilson Chandler fires his agent

Posted by Matt Moore

Newsday reports: 

Chris Luchey, who has represented Chandler since he entered the NBA Draft in 2007, confirmed to Newsday that he has been let go. Luchey called it "amicable" and said he had "no ill will" toward Chandler, which is an interesting choice of words considering "Ill Wil" is one of Chandler's nicknames. "We'll have a personal relationship that will continue for a lifetime," Luchey added. 
The bottom line is, Chandler fired his agent. And this is a tough loss for Luchey, who had to accept Donnie Walsh's decision to not offer Chandler a contract extension in the fall.
via Sports Blogs Item .

Chandler's story has been an interesting one this season. He was widely expected to be buried on the Knicks as part of the continuing effort to erase the Isiah Thomas era from memory completely. But instead he's become a vital part of the Knicks' offense, averaging a career high 17.4 points per game, as well as career highs in rebounds, blocks, and True Shooting percentage

So with Restricted Free Agency on his horizon this summer, Chandler's probably made this decision in order to capitalize on the biggest moment. After all, Luchey hasn't exactly done a great job in pursuing his client's best interests through his rookie contract.  Should the Knicks decide to free up the capspace in pursuit of another big name free agent, Chandler will have quite a bit of value on the open market. Scorers that can run efficiently under the age of 25 tend to hold pretty well on the market. But considering how well he fits on the Knicks, as a versatile combination of pure-shooting scorer and Matrix-like wing, they may well opt to keep him long-term. 

In related news, did you know Wilson Chandler is averaging 1.4 blocks per game? Am I the only one that finds that bizarre?
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: January 6, 2011 11:43 am
 

Donnie Walsh really wants to keep Wilson Chandler

Posted by Royce Young

The Knicks passed on signing forward Wilson Chandler to a long-term extension prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, meaning he's a restricted free agent this summer.

General manager Donnie Walsh said despite not signing him then, Chandler isn't escaping New York.

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh told the New York Post. "He's a helluva player."

Chandler has his best game of the season this week, dropping 31 points on the Spurs in the Knicks big 128-115 win. He's been part of the overall revival of the Knicks along with Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton. Chandler isn't Carmelo Anthiny, but he's a pretty good small forward. On the season, he's averaging 17.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. If Carmelo makes his way somewhere else, the Knicks will likely be fine having Chandler.

So what was the deal in October though if Walsh wants to keep Chandler so bad? Why didn't they get an extension done? Walsh said he couldn't come to terms with Chandler then because he wasn't sure of the pay scale or salary cap in the new collective bargaining agreement. Walsh figured he needed to save a little space for Carmelo Anthony before going out and blowing cash on Chandler.

What would Chandler be looking for? The Post reports he might be in the market for a five-year, $60 million contract. Not bad, considering his production. Joe Johnson inked a five-year $65 million deal with Atlanta in 2006 while putting up numbers fairly comparable to what Chandler is doing now.

But here's another thought: With the way Chandler is playing, shouldn't the Nuggets be more interested in him as a replacement for Anthony? Isn't Chandler proving that he might be worthy of handling a good bulk of a team's scoring duties? There's no denying that he's playing really well right now for the Knicks, but of course it helps to be in the offense he's in while also playing alongside Stoudemire. Chandler is getting good looks as a third option on the floor.

The Knicks want to keep him around as part of their future. I'm sure they'd rather have Carmelo, but with the way Chandler is developing, they may just get by without him.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:56 pm
 

The Game Changer: Knicks outgun the Spurs

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: SAN ANTONIO CAN'T RUN WITH NEW YORK

The Knicks have had quite a turnaround early in this season. However, the major qualm is that they're beating up on average and bad teams, but aren't good enough to actually beat a good team.

Well, you can cross that one off now.

The Knicks completely outran the league's best team with a 128-115 win over the Spurs at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks shot nearly 55 percent from the field and got 31 points from Wilson Chandler, 28 from Amar'e Stoudemire and 28 from Raymond Felton as they pulled away late.

The Spurs have ramped up pace and tempo this season, playing faster than ever. And it's been a large part of their success. But it didn't work against the team that actually lives by running. The Spurs just couldn't keep up and after the game got into an up-and-down flow, they couldn't slow it down and get it into a style they liked. San Antonio tried to grind it out in the fourth, but the Knicks were still running.

One curious move was Gregg Popovich sitting his starters down with three minutes left, only down 10. With a game tonight against the Celtics, I'm sure Coach Pop wanted a little extra rest for his guys and with the way the Knicks were running, his team of veterans were probably gassed. Still a bit curious though, especially considering the 3-point shooters San Antonio has. A 3, a stop and a bucket and it's a five-point game with lots of time left.

Regardless of that, this is New York's biggest win of the season and finally something the Knicks can point to and say, "See! We're good!" Not that they need that validation because their quality record says enough, but any time you beat the league's best team, it helps in every way.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Zach Randolph put up a monster double-double, going for 31 points and 16 rebounds against the Thunder.

Marcus Camby had 10 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to Dallas.

Jamal Crawford notched a season-high 31 points and added seven assists in Atlanta's win over Sacramento.

Wilson Chandler deserves a mention with his season-high 31 points against San Antonio.

MIAMI ROLLS AGAIN

I feel like it the season started in December, then yeah, we probably could've started talking about 72 wins for the Heat. Because they are rolling right now.

With their win over the Bucks, that makes 19 of 20 for Miami and most of those have come in impressive fashion. Dwyane Wade notched another big night, dropping 34 as LeBron dished out nine assists. Really, everything is working according to plan right now. Miami has scoring when it needs it. The Heat have defense all the time. And playmakers are all over the floor.

Sometimes, it's honestly a little tough to see how someone can beat them. But the thing about the Heat is that they make themselves vulnerable at times. They lapse, get selfish and don't play defense. It's the reason they've lost nine times.

But lately, everything has been working according to plan. To win 19 of 20 is pretty good, especially because that meant beating some solid teams.

Tony Allen: GOOD AT PUNCHING, BAD AT LAYUPS

The next time O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen get into it, Mayo's got some ammunition to at least make fun of him with. On a solo fast break, Allen streaked toward the rim with his tongue hanging out like he was going to finish big. Instead, he blew the layup. This was actually one of four layups Allen missed on the night. He did finish with 19 points though and hit two crucial 3s.


Lakers VENT A LITTLE, THIS TIME AGAINST THE COMPETITION

Instead of yelling at each other, the Lakers started doing it to their opponent, beating down the Pistons 108-83. It was a blowout so that stats are a bit skewed, but Kobe Bryant only attempted 18 shots as Pau Gasol went for 21 points and Lamar Odom added 16. That's the Laker formula we've seen work this season.

Kobe went just 6-18 from the floor, but had eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds. So maybe there was something to Phil Jackson's critique of his recent play and Bryant came out looking to be more unselfish. He set teammates up and looked a bit passive at times. He didn't have his shot going again, so he let his cast of very talented characters bring him through.

PARTING THOUGHT

In Oklahoma City's 110-105 loss to Memphis, Jeff Green registered zero rebounds in 42 minutes of play. That's only the third time since 1986 a power forward has had that happen. The other two were Cliff Robinson and Pat Garrity. Not exactly wonderful company to be in.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:03 am
 

Shootaround 11.17.10: Lakers need some backup

Posted by Royce Young
  • With Theo Ratliff out 4-6 weeks and Andrew Bynum on the shelf still, the Lakers might be in the market for a short-term backup: “We have to have some support there interim until Andrew comes back,” Coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday. The Lakers will talk to the representative for free-agent Erick Dampier , though it might not be a good match for either side. Dampier will want more than a short-term contract, and the Lakers are looking for a little more mobility in the post."
  • Wilson Chandler wants to stay with the Knicks: "I'd love to be here," Chandler told FanHouse . "Just the city and just being close to the people in the organization. I just love being here. ... I think the future looks great (for the Knicks)."
  • Alan Hahn of Newsday: "Carmelo Anthony is making two franchises miserable right now. The Nuggets don't know whether their star will be back after this season and the Knicks are barely surviving without him. And before a lifeless crowd here at Pepsi Center, Anthony and the Nuggets barely held off the Knicks, 120-118, Tuesday night. The defeat extended the Knicks' losing streak to six games. Shooting was once again a major issue, especially from three-point range, where the Knicks were 9-for-31. It certainly wasn't a performance that would motivate Anthony to think he could be the missing piece to a championship team."
  • Blazersedge: "Sean Marks played six minutes and hit a mid-range jumper. I look forward to the day, reportedly coming soon, that Joel Pryzbilla's name appears on this line in place of Marks'. Paging you video fiends: a highlight reel of Marks running in circles while playing defense in the halfcourt would be pretty re-watchable."
  • By the Horns on a big performance by Derrick Rose: "Derrick Rose. Wow. When Rose got benched because of his fourth foul with 5:31 left in the third quarter, the Bulls were leading 60-58. By the time coach Tom Thibodeu subbed him back in to start the fourth, Chicago had fallen behind 71-63 and the Rockets seemed to have all the momentum on their side. Honestly, the Bulls couldn’t have looked any more discombobulated. Then Rose got ’em “combobulated” again."
Posted on: November 5, 2010 8:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Wilson Chandler reverse dunk on JaVale McGee

New York Knicks wing Wilson Chandler elevates along the baseline for a wicked dunk over Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee.
Posted by Ben Golliver
Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall is far more accustomed to making ridiculous feats of athleticism and power than he is to witnessing them as an innocent bystander.  But when New York wing Wilson Chandler went baseline during the first half of Friday night's game between the Knicks and the Wizards, Wall could only watch, like everybody else, as Chandler finished a reverse dunk with authority over Washington big man JaVale McGee. Credit McGee's block attempt effort, but he had no chance.  Impressive stuff from the man some call "Will the Thrill." That poster was perturbing! Video courtesy of nikesneakers on YouTube .
Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Chandler denies Yahoo! illegal scout report

Posted by Royce Young

Per Howard Beck of the New York Times, New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler has denied being involved in any illegal workouts with the team before the draft. Chandler said he worked out twice, both times in New York.

Obviously, this shouldn't surprise anyone. I'm not saying Chandler is a liar, but as a member of the team in question, he's in a bit of an awkward situation. He knew he'd be asked about these allegations and the team knew he'd be asked. So more than likely, this is the response everyone settled on. And it's certainly possible that Chandler is telling the truth and didn't participate. Sometimes, sources are wrong.

Regardless, there are other players on record having said they participated. So while Chandler's denial means something, it doesn't ruin really everything. Not in the slightest, actually. The Knicks are still in hot water and will likely be seeing a relatively severe punishment in the end.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:06 pm
 

How should the NBA punish the Knicks?

The New York Knicks reportedly made repeated illegal contact with college players. Assuming the allegations are true, whatdavid-stern  punishment from the NBA is appropriate? Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier, we noted a Yahoo! Sports report  that quotes multiple players saying that they illegally worked out with a New York Knicks scout prior to the draft period.  Surely, executives and scouts throughout the NBA work the corners of the permissible contact guidelines, looking to achieve the slightest of competitive advantages by improving their intel on draft-eligible players. Stories are told about this or that executive watching a workout that he wasn't supposed to, and the NBA has already levied large fines and suspensions in the past in the most innocuous of cases, including Denver Nuggets coach George Karl sitting in on a workout that included his own son Coby . But there are a number of aspects to the Yahoo! report that should lead NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league office to throw the book at the Knicks, assuming the allegations are true.
  • First, the repeated contact. By illegally contacting multiple players over multiple years, the Knicks can't plead ignorance or "this was a one time thing". The allegations reveal a pattern of illegal behavior, which violates not only the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement but also even the most minimal attempt at fair play. The result is a serious black eye for the league and 29 other ticked off teams.
  • Second, allegations of contact with a player the team eventually drafted. A bad situation for the Knicks gets infinitely worse here because it involves Wilson Chandler, a player the team drafted after he was illegally worked out and who continues to play for the Knicks today. By contacting Chandler before the 2007 draft as alleged, the Knicks not only received a competitive advantage during the draft process, they continued to benefit from that competitive advantage every time he plays a game. While Chandler might not be a star player, he's averaged double figures over the course of a three-year career with the Knicks. Are we really supposed to believe there was no connection between the workouts and the eventual draft pick? Chandler's selection implicates Knicks management (and potentially its ownership and coaching staff, basically anyone that was in the draft war room) in this mess, undercutting any "rogue scout" excuse.
  • Third, the fact that Brandon Rush was injured during one of the illegal workouts, and apparently lied to his college coaches about the circumstances surrounding the injury, doesn't help matters. While Rush says no one told him to lie, and that may very well be true, his conduct speaks to the willfulness of his participation in the illegal contact. Rush, on some level, knew that what he was doing was wrong, or at least wasn't 100% right. That's a huge slippery slope for the league office, who is tasked with protecting the best interests of players during the draft process and ensuring competitive balance for all 30 teams.  
Taken together -- the repeated nature of the illegal contact, capitalizing on the competitive advantage by drafting a player that was illegally worked out, and the fact that the workouts included players who understood to some degree that they were not legitimate -- the league office has a very, very serious situation on its hands.  If everything sticks, Stern has little choice here. Unless he puts his foot down, and hard, he sends a message to 30 competitive GMs and 30 competitive scouting departments that there are rules, but they don't really matter. With that message comes all sorts of other messages: we don't truly care about protecting our (future) players, we don't care if the draft process is fair, we don't care if you flaunt our rules over and over again.  That is all bad, a horrible look for the NBA, a league that has dealt with fair play accusations in the recent past thanks to the Tim Donaghy scandal. Surely, the league will conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations. If everything comes back as reported, I would expect the Knicks to be in Joe Smith territory. Roughly 10 years ago , the Minnesota Timberwolves were levied a seven-figure fine and stripped of multiple first-round draft picks for reaching an illegal contract agreement with Smith. What the Knicks did here, particularly with Chandler, is much closer to what the Timberwolves did with Smith than what George Karl did with his son: illegal action that was repeated, beneficial and willful.  A seven-figure fine and the loss of multiple first-round draft picks (although the Knicks have done a nice job of stripping themselves of picks by trading them away) seems appropriate. The NBA draft process simply can't turn into the wild, wild west.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Report: Knicks scout led improper workouts

Posted by Royce Young

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that a New York Knicks scout, Rodney Heard, may have broke NBA rules by conducting secret workouts of collegiate players throughout gymnasiums in suburban Atlanta.

One of the workouts in May of 2007 led to Brandon Rush's ACL tear that forced him to withdraw from the draft, rehabilitate and return to Kansas for another season. (He did get a national championship out of it though.)

But on top of that, other players were improperly worked out. Wojnarowski reports that Heard trained Wilson Chandler for multiple weeks before the 2007 predraft camp. And of course the Knicks drafted Chandler that year.

Dar Tucker said Heard led two-a-day workouts for him and other players for "multiple" days before the 2009 draft. (NBA rules limit teams to two total workouts spaced three days apart.)

Heard also reportedly oversaw workouts in 2010 for players that included Ekpe Udoh and Tory Jackson from Notre Dame.

In the past, the NBA has fined teams and suspended team officials involved in improper workouts. None of those incidents though spanned multiple seasons or involved an injury to a player who could have been a potential lottery pick. Yahoo! contacted Heard who denied being involved and the NBA declined comment. Heard said of Rush's injury:

“That’s so far from the truth ... Someone called me and told me he got hurt. I was in Florida at our staff meetings.”

When told that Rush said he was running the workout, Heard responded: “I wasn’t there. That’s a lie.”

But the players mentioned are on record saying Heard led the workouts. Rush told Yahoo! he hurt his knee in a three-man weave and that Heard was running the workout. Tucker and Jackson also confirmed Heard's involvement in their workouts.

The NBA has made it pretty clear that teams aren't to work out players before the conclusion of the predraft camp. The NBA has publically fined teams over this issue and suspended coaches and general managers. Notable ones include George Karl in 2005 for attending a workout at Marquette (he was watching son Coby), Don and Donnie Nelson for attending a private workout in Yugoslavia in 2002 and John Lucas who was coaching the Cavs in 2002 for including LeBron James in a workout who was a junior in high school.

There are a lot more details and information in the story to look over but it's pretty clear this is a big deal and the Knicks and Donnie Walsh will likely be hearing from the league soon.
 
 
 
 
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