What Makes Tyson Chandler Lynchpin in Knicks’ Success and Mavs’ Failure in 2012

March 5th, 2012 by Ben Shapiro Leave a reply »
It doesn't take a genius to figure out who the right choice for MVP of the 2011 NBA Finals was. It was the guy who won it. Dirk Nowitzki. 

Dirk was fantastic in the postseason last year. He put together a string of big shots and big games. He was, as usual, nearly perfect from the free-throw line and he contributed his fair share of rebounds as well. 

More than baseball or football, basketball is a sport in which one player can be an all-encompassing, dominant force. 

Even with that being the case, it's still a team sport. No team has ever won a ring with one star and four stiffs. It just doesn't happen. Dirk truly was the most valuable player for Dallas in their run to a ring last June. 

This season, Dallas lost a number of key components of that championship team, but the loss that has been most difficult to replace has been Tyson Chandler. 

Chandler, who signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks, represents the type of player that nearly every championship-winning team must have.

The Knicks have a bona fide offensive star in Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is a prolific small forward who ca ...

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