I’VE ALREADY HEARD THIS ONE
My morning laugh came from Sam Smith’s column in the Tribune:
Here’s a sight no one ever expected to see: When Tyson Chandler got the ball in the post in a win over the Suns on Saturday night, the Suns dropped a double team on him. “Eventually he can be a 20 [points]-and-10 [rebounds] guy,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. “This year he’s going to be a double-double guy. We like to throw it to him down there because we have a lot of confidence in him.” This was after Chandler had 19 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, including a smooth 7-for-9 on free throws that had court-side scouts shocked.
Posting, hitting free throws, catching a bullet pass in traffic from Chris Paul and dunking—this was Tyson “Lobster hands” Chandler? Remarkable transformation for the player who was a quivering wreck in five seasons with the Bulls.
Guess what? If you play 30-40 minutes a game and you are 7’1″, you probably should get 10 & 10–at the least. He’s already played over 400 games in the NBA. But people still talk about him like a prospect.
He’s going to be a 20 & 10 guy? I’d bet heavily against that. He’s eternally in foul trouble, he has a high turnover rate and will never get that many shots a game to get there.
I love his energy and I’ve always been a big fan of Chandler’s. But a coach saying to the world that he will eventually be a 20 & 10 guy? Irresponsible.