Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd believe the Dallas Mavericks could have won back-to-back NBA championships had owner Mark Cuban opted to keep the team together last season.

“I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up,” Chandler said on the eve of the undefeated Knicks (3-0) hosting Dallas (4-1) Friday at Madison Square Garden. “But that’s the business side of it, that’s something the players can’t control.”

Instead, Cuban opted to blow the team up after winning the franchise’s first championship in 2011 over LeBron James and the Heat. Chandler joined the Knicks in a sign-and-trade last December that resulted in him signing a four-year deal worth $58 million.

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