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Old 01-06-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...a_big_hit.html


Amar'e Stoudemire is credited for the Knicks turnaround, but Wilson Chandler is the forgotten man
BY Frank Isola
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Thursday, January 6th 2011, 4:00 AM


There is a moment during every Knicks home game when the Madison Square Garden public address announcer urges fans to vote Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari to the All-Star Game.

Wilson Chandler, arguably the team's second-best player, isn't mentioned. In fact, Pauly D of "Jersey Shore" fame got more face time on the Garden's JumboTron on Tuesday than Chandler.

"That stuff doesn't bother me," Chandler says. "If I'm not on the All-Star ballot, that's okay."

So Chandler isn't big on marketing. But what about money? Surely, he must be upset that the Knicks elected not to sign him to a contract extension two months ago. Instead of long-term security, Chandler now faces the uncertainty of possible NBA lockout this summer.

"It was a business decision," Chandler says. "I understand why they did that. It doesn't bother me."

Without saying much, Chandler says a lot. He doesn't complain - at least publicly - brag or dabble in the politics of the locker room. The only things loud about Chandler are the tattoos covering his body and his ever-improving game.

The Knicks are 20-14, and Chandler has been as responsible as anyone for the winning record. The 6-foot-8 forward is the team's most versatile player, and only Amar'e Stoudemire is more skilled. Chandler is off to the best start of his four-year career, averaging 17.9 points and shooting 49%.

Chandler was the best player on the floor during Tuesday's impressive 128-115 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. He scored 31 points on 13-for-19 shooting, adding nine rebounds and four assists as Gallinari's replacement at small forward.

In typical fashion, Chandler deflected praise from himself, saying that he got open shots because the Spurs were "focused on Amar'e" and that Felton "did a nice job of getting me the ball in spots I can score."

He is shy almost to a fault but still an ideal teammate because he'll play anywhere and guard anyone without protest.

"I know people think I don't talk but once you get to know me you'll find out that isn't the case," Chandler said. "I talk."

Chandler's breakout season comes at an ideal time for the Knicks, who remain in the hunt for Denver's Carmelo Anthony. His value is at an all-time high which makes him an important trading chip. It also could result in a huge pay day down the line for Chandler, a restricted free agent.

One executive familiar with the Knicks' talks with Denver maintains that team president Donnie Walsh isn't in a rush to make a deal because the team is playing so well.

"After all these years they finally have some momentum and their fans are excited," he said. "Do you want to mess with that?"

If it means acquiring a player of Carmelo's caliber, the Knicks would have to get involved. But if they miss out on Anthony, retaining Chandler is a pretty good consolation prize.

Chandler, of course, is one of two remaining players from the Isiah Thomas era. That may be the reason he's not being pushed for the All-Star Game. When Thomas took over in New York, he wasted no time purging the roster of players acquired by Scott Layden.

Walsh is different. He doesn't feel threatened that Chandler isn't one of his "guys" so to speak. The same is true of the other Isiah holdover, Eddy Curry. Walsh won't trade Chandler just for the sake of trading him.

If Walsh is convinced that Chandler is the long-term answer for the Knicks he'll try to re-sign him. For now, Chandler is valuable right where he is.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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There is a moment during every Knicks home game when the Madison Square Garden public address announcer urges fans to vote Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari to the All-Star Game.

Wilson Chandler, arguably the team's second-best player, isn't mentioned. In fact, Pauly D of "Jersey Shore" fame got more face time on the Garden's JumboTron on Tuesday than Chandler.

"That stuff doesn't bother me," Chandler says. "If I'm not on the All-Star ballot, that's okay."

So Chandler isn't big on marketing. But what about money? Surely, he must be upset that the Knicks elected not to sign him to a contract extension two months ago. Instead of long-term security, Chandler now faces the uncertainty of possible NBA lockout this summer.



I hate not being able to vote for Wilson. He deserves to be on the list over a lot of guys who are on there.
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Wilson Chandler aka Ill Will aka Poker Face aka Wilson Negranu

He is what the NBA needs more of.Guys who get better every year,have NBA bodies coming out of college,play their but off and don't get overhyped when they do."Act like you been there."
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Wilson Chandler aka Ill Will aka Poker Face aka Wilson Negranu aka Will the Thrill aka Silent Assassin

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I hate not being able to vote for Wilson. He deserves to be on the list over a lot of guys who are on there.
I agree. I think that he is one of the most underrated players in the NBA.
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I think he deserves more credit then most people on the team. He is so good, so improved, God. Knicks better resign him to our team!
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ya man he of grate playor we need of him to became of grate team
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I've jumped on the Chandler bandwagon. He's just so smooth.
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It's good that Walsh isn't eager to get rid of him just to fully move past the Isiah Thomas era.
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I've became a huge fan of Wilson Chandler lately, I'd ****ing love for the Jazz to get rid of AK-47 and sign this guy next summer.

He definitely doesn't get enough credit.
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Walsh:"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Written by BigC
It looks like good things are going to happen for Wilson Chandler this off-season. According to the New York Post Knicks president Donnie Walsh promises that he will re-sign Wilson Chanler this off-season. Here is what was reported by the New York Post:

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh said yesterday. "He's a helluva player."
Walsh said he could not come to terms with Chandler in October because he was unsure of the pay scale or salary cap for a new collective bargaining agreement. Walsh's thoughts in October centered on wanting to re-sign Chandler yet saving room for Carmelo Anthony. Ironically, Chandler is playing like Anthony Lite. -New York Post


I have said this for a long time, the Knicks are very high on Chandler. Regardless of what rumors (Rudy Ferdnandez) have circulated the Knicks have wanted to keep Chandler. Even before this season I have heard good things about Wilson Chandler's relationship with the Knicks. At this point Chandler's value to the team has been shown by his play this year. It would only make sense that the Knicks try to re-sign Chandler. Now it is up to Donnie Walsh to find a way to re-sign Chandler and bring Carmelo Anthony to New York.
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