1-on-1 with Tyson Chandler

Jonah Ballow:

Tyson, it's been a little while since we had a chance to catch up with you. How would you assess the preseason so far?

 

Tyson Chandler:

 It's been up and down which is expected. I feel like practice has been good, putting in our defensive principals.  We're trying to learn, we've had bodies in and out but preseason is for learning and we're out there learning and getting better.

 

Jonah Ballow:

It's interesting, a lot of people make a big deal about the bodies in and out and who you don't have out on the floor but isn't that how a regular season goes? In 82 games you're not going to have everyone healthy the entire year.

 

Tyson Chandler:

Absolutely, and in preseason you take the precaution. I feel like a lot of these guys would be playing if this was a regular season but we (would) rather have all of our bodies healthy, then limping into the season. So, I think the trainers are doing the right thing and making sure everyone's healthy.

 

Jonah Ballow:

What have you seen this year in camp and in preseason with this new squad, different faces..what have you seen so far?

 

Tyson Chandler:

We got a lot of guys that want to learn, they want to do the right thing. Good teammates.

 

Jonah Ballow:

Looking at Chris Copeland, your thoughts on him? He seems a lot more comfortable everyday that he steps on the floor.

 

Tyson Chandler:

Yeah, for sure. He's learning how to play at this level but Cope has been professional for a while now. He's experienced playing at a high level. He's brought a nice little spark to our team.

 

Jonah Ballow:

You have the final preseason game and then looking ahead to the opener. What do you guys want to get accomplished in that time?

 

Tyson Chandler:

I think in this next game we have to put everything together, we got to put everything (together) defensively, as well as offensively, hard cuts, very fundamental. I think we're going to have an overall good game.