It had better be. I've still got hope for Tyson.
In addition to trying to get the Bulls into the playoffs, Tyson Chandler has been busy preparing for the arrival of his first child, a daughter due in about a month.
“I haven’t missed an appointment,” he said. “I’ve done all the doctor’s appointments and Lamaze classes and all that good stuff. It’s definitely exciting I’m counting down the days waiting for the baby to come.”
Chandler and his wife Kimberly are both from Southern California. Chandler wasn’t certain where the baby will be born, but stressed that fatherhood will not keep him away from basketball this summer.
“It’s not really going to matter because wherever I’m going to be this summer, this is going to be my hardest-working summer of my career,” Chandler said. “I don’t care if it’s in Chicago or L.A. It’s not going to matter.”
Chandler talked about how making the playoffs would be a good way to salvage a frustrating season. He started slowly this year, but currently ranks No. 1 in the league in rebounds per 48 minutes at 16.4.
Very good reasoning. I want results. I don't care if Tyson takes a nap all summer if I get results. I also don't care if he works his butt off if I don't get results. This will be year six. SIX!PC Load Letter said:For most players, this would be where I'd say "Well, better late than never!" Except with Tyson, I'm not so confident. It's not that I doubt he will work hard; I think he will. The doubt I have is that the hard work will produce any results.
By all accounts, he's worked hard every summer since he's been here, aside from this past one (at least that's what's been reported). How much improvement has he had in any aspect of his game as a result of those four hard-working summers? Slim to none seems about right. After all, how much better is his shooting? How many post moves has he developed? How much better is he now than he was in 2001 at finishing in traffic?
Also, how much weight has he been able to put on since his rookie season? By my estimation, I'd say about five pounds of muscle, apparently all in his shoulders. Not good for a skinny, frail guy without much offensive skill in the first place.
For me, this begs two questions:
1)what exactly has Tyson been doing during the summer?
2)what will change now in his fifth off-season that will actually produce any results?
dsouljah9 said:Talk is cheap, and with a baby on the way, he's going to be "baby struck", so I doubt that he does any major working out. I'd like for him to work on his offense and add 15 pounds of muscle.
From last week's papers."I don't know how much weight I put on anything Tyson says, to be honest with you," Bulls head coach Scott Skiles, wearing a wry smile, told reporters.
I think I agree with Skiles. Tyson's always been a big talker, and any sort of tangible results to back his words up have been inconsistent at best. If one didn't know any better, you could get the impression that Tyson's a fiery leader, but in his case, stuff like this just makes me think he's still pretty juvenile and immature, and doesn't really get it.Good Hope said:Skiles would agree:
From last week's papers.
=“It’s not really going to matter because wherever I’m going to be this summer, this is going to be my hardest-working summer of my career,” Chandler said. “I don’t care if it’s in Chicago or L.A. It’s not going to matter.”
LOL. It is hilarious how some buy this routine from him hook, line and sinker. Thinking he's Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace cause he knows how to scream and flail his arms and make faces.rosenthall said:I think Tyson might be the kind of guy who often confuses his desired self-perception with reality. Meaning, when he says he works hard, he'll do a little bit of work, giftwrap it with all sorts of sophomoric machismo, and convince himself that he really has been tough and has put in a lot of work. But nothing like a Michael Jordan or a Kobe Bryant, where 'putting in lots of hard work' would translate into 1000 jumpshots a day along with an hour in the weight room everday, and 2 hours of basketball drills. Whereas for Tyson it would mean running two suicides, but grimacing w/ a superpainful expression on his face as he crossed the finish line, and then going into the weight room for 20 minutes, and groaning w/ pain w/ every rep, and then walking out and congradulating himself on a hard day's work.
Who thinks that and for those reasons?Pippenatorade said:LOL. It is hilarious how some buy this routine from him hook, line and sinker. Thinking he's Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace cause he knows how to scream and flail his arms and make faces.
Yup. That's exactly why.Pippenatorade said:LOL. It is hilarious how some buy this routine from him hook, line and sinker. Thinking he's Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace cause he knows how to scream and flail his arms and make faces.