Tyson Chandler was in Brooklyn as the Lakers faced the Nets on Tuesday night, so the local reporters took the opportunity to ask him about the Knicks. Chandler called Madison Square Garden home for three seasons between 2011-2014, playing on the 54-win team that represents the best Knicks team of the 21st century.
“I like David Fizdale. I like what he’s doing,” Chandler was recorded saying by Barbara Barker of. Newsday. “I honestly think it’s a matter of time. I think they have the potential to land a big-time free agent to pair with [Kristaps] Porzingis and after that it could be a matter of time.”
Chandler was traded from the Knicks in 2014 as one of Phil Jackson’s first moves after taking over as president of the organization. The former Defensive Player of the Year thinks the environment around the team has changed since then.
“It’s definitely changed,” he said. “You have some good guys over there. That always helps. The Knicks went through a tough time. The Phil Jackson era was a tough time. Before that was a tough time. Then, when me and [Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire] were there, it was a fun time. They just have to get back to that again. It just takes one little piece to switch things up.”