NEW YORK — The Knicks are in the process of turning things around, having won four straight and five of their last six. And they’ve managed to do it largely without their defensive anchor in Tyson Chandler, who’s been sidelined essentially for the last four games due to an upper respiratory infection.
Chandler will miss Monday’s contest against the Suns, but was working out pregame and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson hopes to have his starting center back in the lineup when his team heads to Charlotte to face the Bobcats on Tuesday.
“He’s working out a little bit before the game, and then tomorrow we’ll see how he feels when we walk through some things at the hotel,” Woodson said. “I think he might play tomorrow.”
As to just how serious the illness was, Woodson seemed to think the amount of games it caused Chandler to miss speaks for itself.
“Obviously it was serious,” he said. “I mean, he was in the bed for a while. He’s now up and around and was at the gym yesterday, so we’ll see how he feels [Tuesday] and then go from there.”
Woodson said he was unable to tell really if Chandler lost any weight during his time off — largely because Chandler isn’t exactly the bulkiest of guys to begin with.
“I don’t know if he did or not,” Woodson said. “We talked a little bit this morning. I mean, he’s frail as it is. But don’t tell him I said that.”
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.