It's been a year of ups and downs for the Knicks, which really hasn't been all bad considering that when Tyson Chandler jumps up and down it often ends in a excellent defensive play. According to the Associated Press, Tyson Chandler was rewarded for his defensive activity when he was selected for the 2012 Defensive Player Of The Year award.
Chandler's presence in the paint changed the Knicks from a defensive sieve to a team that could shut teams down with concentrated effort.
Chandler's acquisition met some criticism because he was a surprise signing while the Knicks were supposedly working on a trade for Chris Paul, who was commonly seen as the missing piece for the Knicks. Chandler joining Stoudemire and Anthony created a real "Big Three," perhaps the best front line in the NBA this season, but it was a while before they played like they were a top of the line trio.
Chandler's stats -- 11.3 points, 10 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game and a significant reduction in opponents' points in the paint, points per game and opposig field goal percentage compared to last year -- don't tell the entire story. The center's arrival changed the Knicks' culture even while Mike D'Antoni attempted to implement his offensive focused schemes. Chandler's presence, along with D'Antoni's departure, encouraged the other stars to play defense and allowed the team to take advantage of the defensive mindsets of rookie Iman Shumpert, free agent acquisition from China, J.R. Smith and last year's defensive glue player, Jared Jeffries when they were not injured.
The Chandler signing (along with the Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak and JR Smith signings) may be reason enough to consider Glen Grunwald one of the top NBA executives of the year, don't you think?
First congratulations to Chandler on a much deserved piece of hardware.I think he's gonna show us why he got it tomorrow night.
Second, Ernie Grunfeld may be deserving of the title of top exec. but Glen Grunwald isn't.He's just eating off the table Donnie Walsh set.Donnie took us from the monetary over the cap outhouse to the cash rich under the cap penthouse.Was it absolutely necessary to give every star a Billion dollar contract or could they have used a little restraint and saved something for the proverbial rainy day we face next season?Stat would have come for less than 20 mil and do u really think Melo wanted anywhere else but NY.Lin was about to be cut when D"Antoni gave him his shot.Grunwald wasn't a bit smarter than the GMs who cut Lin and Novack.He was a hell of a lot luckier that their breakouts happened on his watch.Happenstance is all that was.That leaves him with signing JR, a Dolan favorite who probably had the seal of approval from a certain angel, Zekeiel.Grunwald has not done a damn thing yet except step in shyte and answer his incoming calls.Why didn't he bail on Bibby and go after Aaron Brooks?Because he was told it was going to be JR and that's it.Grunwald is a beard for Isiah.That's it and thats all folks.
@Tman LOL!! I standa corrected -- Glen Grunwald. Glen Grunwald looks nothing like Ernie Grunwald (Actor) or Ernie Grunfeld (Bullets GM). Since the error was historically important to your comment, I started not to change the name, but I couldn't help myself, just as I can't help myself to delve into an old discussion about how folks give far, far too much credit to Donnie Walsh who was no more than what Statesman said he was and just about what Stern wanted him to be -- a chaperon over the love affair between Isiah and Jimmy.
I'm guessing that Grunwald is not totally a Zeke clone unless Isiah has learned some new tricks like "diversion" instead of hitting things head on with his head. Isiah did criticize the pick up of Chandler and sounded as though he really was trying to make Paul happen. No doubt that Chandler was a more appropriate move than Paul. Lots of folks (except for Peaceman) said so in these archives.
Does GMing in the NBA take that much smarts? I don't think so. Walsh, the lawyer smart enough not to be one, was no dummy but he certainly was not great as Knicks GM. Anybody, including Isiah, could have dismantled the team and produced the sorry non-defensive loser that we had. Perhaps he was right to resist the pick-ups of Stat and Melo, but the truth is that the team we have now is better than the ones he gave us.
Chris Duhon? Please. Tracey McGrady? Al Harrington?
Glen may not be great but he ain't acting like Ernie.