Can Chandler Win 2 Titles in 9 Months?

MIAMI – Derrick Rose is out. So are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, Chauncey Billups and Danny Granger. In all, nine of the 12 players from last year’s U.S. Men’s National Team made the playoffs. And now, only one remains.

Tyson Chandler arrives at his first NBA Finals with a chance to win two championships in the span of nine months.

If the Dallas Mavericks win these Finals, Chandler would be the first player to ever follow a World Championship with an NBA championship the following year. Plus, he’d be just the second to win both within any 12-month span, following Lamar Odom, who pulled off the feat in a three-month span last year.

The U.S. Team’s undefeated run to gold at the World Championship in Istanbul clearly had a positive effect on most of the players involved. Several of them followed it up with career years, especially on the defensive end.

“We had the opportunity to play against the best of the best,” Chandler said Monday, “not in just games, but compete every day in practice, to take things from their games. It was a big help.”

For Chandler, the carryover from his time with USA Basketball to his season with the Mavericks went beyond that. Dealing with ankle and toe injuries, he had missed 68 games over the previous two seasons. So his first priority last summer was getting healthy.

The World Championship and the two training camps leading into it gave Chandler with the opportunity to shake off some rust and build on something as he went into Mavs camp.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to really see where I was,” Chandler said. “Knowing I was able to get out there and compete and last two training camps and compete in every practice, the confidence grew in myself and [helped me understand] that I was back to 100 percent.”

That’s not all. The bonus advantage to playing last summer was learning zone defense from the master, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. The U.S. Team didn’t play a lot of zone, but they did use it whenever their opponent took the ball out under its own basket. And this season, zone defense has been a key to the Mavs’ success.

“I was able to learn a lot from Coach Boeheim and understand what he’s trying to accomplish in the zone, the communication factor and movement that you should have,” Chandler said.

In the past, Mavs owner Mark Cuban had been outspoken about his players playing on their national teams. But there’s no doubt that Chandler’s participation in last year’s World Championship was beneficial for the U.S. Team, for Chandler himself, and for the Mavs.

16 Comments

  1. EnerGeoPolitics says:

    The problem for Tyson is that Lebron, Wade and CB each spent 2 years with the national team, learning from Boeheim how to attack his zone . . .

  2. Me says:

    @TRIBINSKI I agree with u, Mavs will win this yr!!

  3. heat136 says:

    @TRIBINSKI…my prediction is that you gonna end up in the phsyciaitric ward dude..LOL..heat in 5

  4. heat136 says:

    @TRIBINSKI..youre out of your mind dude…your still daydreaming…LOL

  5. chandler is gonna be a superstar, but he loosin’ this year cause he ain’t a star yet.

  6. TRIBINSKI says:

    My Prediction
    Game 1 Dallas Def Miami 92 – 89 Dirk Nowitzki:29pts 12 reb 4 ast 2 blks
    Game 2 Dallas Def Miami 108 -103 2OT Jason Kidd: 17 pts 11 reb 14 ast 5 stl
    Game 3 Dallas Def Miami 97 – 93 Dirk Nowitzki: 32 pts 9 reb 5 ast 2 blks
    Game 4 Dallas Def Miami 115 – 92 Dirk Nowitzki 38 pts 10 reb 5 ast 4 blks

    Dallas Mavericks Sweep Miami Heat : NBA History Heat 14 loss streak to Mavs after 2006 NBA Final
    Dirk Nowitzki Final MVP

  7. allaround baller says:

    I think chandler’s ley isn’t only the defense. Yes mavs needs him to backup their guards when lebron or wade drive. But thats not enough, he’ll have to collect more offensive rebound. Nowitzki gonna sell a lot of tough shoot this time

  8. Elijah says:

    I thinks this ill nevr happen, mavs is a great team but i think this is not sufficient enough to beat the Heat , i think heat t will win in 5 or six games see this http://sportales.com/sports/miami-heat-the-2011-nba-champions/ .. Heat has 3 big stars while mav s has only offensive power with dir looka at this http://sportales.com/basketball/top-five-nba-players-in-all-time/ … But this would be a good match up.. http://sportales.com/basketball/heat-versus-maverickswill-history-repeat-itself/

  9. pakastallion says:

    Sorry Tyson, Dirk, et al., the Mavericks will not win it this year:

    http://25twofour.com/2011/05/30/2011-nba-finals-predictions/

  10. heat136 says:

    heat in 5…

  11. Jerry says:

    Emotions can’t get best of Tyson Chandler. Gonna watch the finals live, can’t wait for it. Found my tickets here and also got a good discount. http://goo.gl/Wel8y

  12. robbay2 says:

    nice

  13. Yippeee says:

    Wow, what a coincidence!