"In all honestly, I still feel like this is a team that can win a championship. I feel like we definitely have the pieces," Chandler said on Monday. "I feel like we haven’t come together yet. It’s a process ... I feel like guys are going to have to step up and play roles that they are not necessarily used to. We get everybody back healthy, we get everybody on the floor at one time, then we’ll see what we got."
Hey, anybody watching the Knicks may have burned off their nerve-ends, but Tyson Chandler still feels!
Though I've never believed that this team as currently composed could win a championship, Tyson makes some points that sort of contradict what's been going on. He stated that "guys are going to have to step and play roles that they're not necessarily used to". Frankly, that's part of the reason that the Knicks are in their current tailspin. Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert are not true point guards, but have been slotted in their because of Baron Davis's injury. Carmelo Anthony is not a natural playmaker, and while he's had some nice moments, he doesn't really orchestrate an offense very well. Amar'e Stoudemire also did not play a whole lot of power forward last season, and without a true PG or the space that Chandler takes up in the middle, he's struggled to score.
However, Tyson does hit the nail on the head when he says the Knicks need to get everyone healthy. Guys like Amar'e, Shumpert, Carmelo, Jorts, Mike Bibby, and of course Baron Davis, have not all been healthy at one time. Those are some key pieces to this Knicks team and if all healthy at the same time, they could gel nicely.
I think the lack of a true PG has really hurt the team in more ways than just offense. Because the offense is stalling, it has caused guys like Melo and Amar'e, and the shooters to get out-of-rhythm looks that just don't fall. That causes some guys to go cold, isolate on offense (obviously), or lose confidence.
I don't expect Baron Davis to be a savior, but he could truly make a big difference. I also don't expect the Knicks to be championship contenders as Tyson feels, but perhaps they can become a team that doesn't get embarrassed on a near night-to-night basis.