Grab your handy NBA player stats package. Go to the glory entry, scoring — the statistic almost everybody cares about. Find the All-Stars.
There’s Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, James Harden. Keep going and find the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler. We’ll wait.
Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Dwayne Wade ... Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh. OK jump down to No. 91. There he is.
“Tyson knows what he does well and he does it to the best of his ability,” Bryant said. “There’s something to be said for that. If you’re a rebounder, be the best rebounder in the world. If you’re a defender, be the best defensive player in the world. And when you do that, you get the recognition you deserve.”
OK, Chandler’s not the best rebounder in the world (with 11.1 a game, he’s sixth in the league). And maybe he’s not the best defender on Earth, although he is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. But Chandler, the Knicks’ “never quits defensive anchor,” according to the Nets’ Brook Lopez, is an unquestioned All-Star, despite the lowest scoring average (11.4) of any of the stars here for tonight’s game.
“It means a lot because it’s that much tougher and that much harder [to get here],” Chandler said. “The way I play the game, it’s not the most glamorous, the stats are not glorified, but I feel like I bring something special to the game each and every night.”
Chandler’s gritty work earns first All-Star honor
New York Post | Feb 17