The New York Knicks suffered their 40th defeat of the season after the Detroit Pistons won 96-85 on Monday. Knicks players are running out of answers to their continued losses on the court. Tyson Chandler expressed his emotions during the post-game interviews.
“I got a lot more pride than this, coming in night in, night out losing, and not putting forth the type of effort it takes to win,” Chandler said. “At this stage of my career and what I’ve established, I refuse to let it put a blemish on it.”
Chandler has averaged 10.7 points and 14.2 rebounds in the past 10 games, but the team as a whole lacked effort on both ends of the floor. New York recorded only a single win in the last 10 games.
He had been considered to be one of the most loyal players in the team, but the team’s recent struggles caused the Knicks’ center to ignore thoughts of his future in the Big Apple. The New York Post’s Marc Berman writes that Chandler may not want to hang around with a depressing organization any longer. When asked about his decision to stay with New York after his contract ends, Chandler said, “That’s something I have to visit during the offseason. We’re all going to have a lot of decisions to make.”
Regardless of Carmelo Anthony’s decision to stay in New York next year, if the front office cannot find a key piece to contend for a title in the 2014-15 season, Tyson Chandler and the rest of the club may grow restless through the rebuilding process and demand to leave.