Tyson Chandler Criticizes New York Knicks' Defensive Strategy vs. Brooklyn Nets

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

USA Today

As you can expect, New York Knicks big man Tyson Chandler was not happy after the 103-80 thrashing the Knicks suffered at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday afternoon.

Chandler took a shot at head coach Mike Woodson and even the Knicks front office, as he questioned the team's defense.

I think we can all understand where Chandler is coming from. After all, how many times have we seen New York get burned when Andrea Bargnani switches on pick-and-rolls?

It must be tough for a defensive-minded player like Chandler to be a part of such a miserable defensive effort, as the Knicks allowed the Nets to bury 14 triples.

It's nothing new for New York, either. This is a ballclub that ranks 25th in defensive efficiency and 24th in the amount of points given up from beyond the arc.

Let's be clear here: This isn't all Woodson's fault, and Chandler pointed that out. The Knicks just do not have the players to consistently get stops.

Guys like Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton are not exactly lockdown defenders. Bargnani is simply lost on that end of the floor, and let's be honest: Iman Shumpert is not the elite stopper that many felt he would become when he entered the league.

The Knicks have now dropped four straight contests after reeling off five straight wins, and their problems run deeper than mere coaching schemes.

Chandler is used to winning. He won a title with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2010-11 campaign. Last season, he was part of a New York team that won 54 games and reached the second round of the playoffs. Not only that, but last year, the Knicks were a much more respectable 13th in defensive efficiency.

Poor Tyson.

It's going to be an interesting final few months of the regular season for a New York ballclub that appears to be going nowhere fast.