Phoenix Suns C Tyson Chandler spent just two seasons as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and non-consecutive ones at that. The 15-year veteran has spent time on the floor with some great players in his day, including Chris Paul, Ben Gordon, Scottie Pippen, and Carmelo Anthony.
But that one magical season in 2010-11 when Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to a championship? That topped the list for Chandler.
Via The Smoking Cuban:
To me personally, it’s hard really to put into words quite honest. Just like a brother, inspiration, teacher, I learned so much from him watching him. Stuff that he doesn’t even know. Things that I have picked up in my time here. Him being the ultimate competitor, but not only that he changed the game.
There is a generation coming up whether it is Porzingis, Dragan, that wants to be just like Dirk. That grew up watching him, idolizing him. Trying to patent their game after him and see if they can take it to the next level with their twist on what he created. Not only what he means to me, but what he means to the game, the city of Dallas.
I was just telling my teammates I have never seen that level of basketball in my life in that 2010-11 run, I have never seen a player play at that level. To see how locked in and focused he was. As an athlete and competitor, I will be forever indebted to him and I will love him forever because he helped me reach my ultimate goal as an athlete winning a championship.
He can call me anytime for anything, the only thing I can describe it as is brothers.
Extremely high praise from a very good player in his own right, and one who has enough experience both winning games and playing with high-level players.
During the 2010-11 playoffs, Nowitzki averaged 27.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting 48.5% from the field including 46% from 3-point range.