Tyson Chandler Says He’s Rusty, Not Hurt

Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

By DAN KELLY

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – With 40 seconds remaining and the Knicks clinging to a five-point lead, Carmelo Anthony fired a pass, high and hard, into the paint.

Kenyon Martin snagged it, then laid it in, and the Knicks held on for an 85-78 win over the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

“Terrible pass,” Martin said. “Melo said ‘Thanks for bailing me out.’”

More relevant than the pass or the catch was the fact that it was Martin and not Tyson Chandler logging those essential fourth-quarter minutes. The Knicks’ starting center, who missed 16 of the last 20 games with a bulging disc in his neck, sat down midway through the third quarter and never checked back into the game.

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47 comments
ny711ot
ny711ot

With all the infighting on the board can you imagine what that locker room is like these days?

jepliberty
jepliberty

Watching the Islanders during this horrible losing streak, and being a fan, I feel like a flying insect, and now life is a windshield.

jepliberty
jepliberty

Watching the Islanders is like you are wearing a Tuxedo, and having on a pair of brown shoes.

TonyM
TonyM

              Viznosky will be back just in time to be traded in a salary dump! The only reason Snow and Capuano still have jobs is they must being working for free! This team has more dead wood ( Bailey, Grabner,Vanek and Ness just to name a few) then the petrified forrest! I can't see this team as currently constructed with Snow and Capuano still at the helm winning more then 20 games!

njersey
njersey

Islanders are currently 9-19-6 after (34) games. (7) games until mid-point (41). If they go (benefit of the dought) 1-4-2 next 7 games, they will be 10-23-8 . Capuano is still the coach right ? Wang and Snow are so good to us fans... Pathetic !!! I just keep hoping that they are talking to JT and keeping his head up... Isles are playing some VERY UGLY hockey....

rob
rob

then Carolina  is a perfect trading partner for the Islanders Carolina wants to dump its garbage. you mean the canes won't deal its top players the way fat snow ball head did?

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

I know he won't do it but bring in Lavy

I think at this point we have no choice

We are not going to the next level with Cappy He's a good organizational guy and respect his loyalty but we can't go further with him Reassign him to another capacity and lets move on

wvAL
wvAL

Definitely no on Peters

Doug Fiumara
Doug Fiumara

I'd trade for Gleason...but he's too expnsive for the islanders

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

What do you all think about this thought(s) about Bailey: let's conclude that Bailey will never be the offensive force we hoped he would be. Since he's here for the next 5 years, we need to find an effective role for him. Well, how about a defensive forward? A shadow for the greats on the other team? I could live with the lack of offense if he is in the running for the Selke Award every year...is he the athlete/skater to do it?

ivo leggi
ivo leggi

Robert L Mango ·  Top Commenter · St. John's University

What's hard to swallow is that we haven't had a professional NHL coach in years. I love how articles and fans deem the D and Goalie as the problem. After the 1st line, no one scores. When Eric Boulton's our best 5 on 5 scorer (not including the first line) that's a bigger problem. He has no idea what to do with the lines, no idea how to develop players, he got the job by default and hasn't show any sort of coaching sense since. Yes, his players like him. Yes, they made the playoffs. But they did so out of heart and hustle (which is what's greatly lacking). Their discipline is atrocious. They have no idea what to do with the puck when they have it. THey don't know hwere to be on penalty kills and don't know that you can't leave a player in front of your goalie all game. Good coaching sees this and addresses this. They don't ignore it and hope it works out b/c his players are playing hard. Worse news this franchise got was this article today.

tomba
tomba

Hat trick Bailey tnite...

orangeblue
orangeblue

the only canes goalie the isles should trade for is CAM WARD

Don22
Don22

I only know Peters based on his game against the Isles and his stats.  He definitely does not seem worth trading for.  His stats are no better than what we already have.  Doesn't sound like he is the answer, even if he has done OK this season.   His overall numbers at all levels are just so-so.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

i felt bad for parros.

as for visnovsky, tell him not to watch any islander games or the headaches will never go away.

Isles72
Isles72

"As Lighthouse Hockey, Dom warns to stay away from all things Hurricanes" I'm sure Snow takes into consideration the opinion of all Islander basement bloggers when shopping for a trade.

Andy
Andy

Its amazing how Vis just disappears when the islanders start to stink up the place. If the isles go on a tear and make it back to .500, I'm sure his headaches will magically disappear. 

Chris R
Chris R

@TonyM 20 GAMES??  I doubt they get to that much

Mark Kaiser
Mark Kaiser

@njersey Wang and Snow don't give a spit about Nassau county and they shouldn't.

shlo
shlo

@Billy Thoesen  Lavy is not coming here if he cannot have a say about his assistants. We all know they are grooming Doug Weight as the next coach, so do you really think he'll come back to LI?

cableguy
cableguy

@bubbamac19 Bailey is the Isles version of Ike Davis my hope is he heats up and we move him. Way more fustrating than he's worth. The problem with Bailey is when he isn't scoring he's completely invisible. Complete mental case!! I'm so tired of Cappy talking about squeezing the stick and all the crap. If I saw  anything in his game where thought he could be a checking foward I'd say go for it but I don't. The sad part is he"s gonna heat up and show us a glimpes of the player he should be. Exactly like he did at the end of last year. That's when you move on, let another organization mother him. If he responds, tip your hat to them.

Don22
Don22

@bubbamac19It all depends on if he can commit to that.  What line do we usually put out against the best?  I don't know that I can say Cap roles any of them regularly against best.  Does he drop to 4th line checking?


Do we think Bailey can really reinvent himself?  He is a good defensive forward as is.  Can he bring it to another level?  Not sure, but I guess nothing to lose. 

Mark Kabayama
Mark Kabayama

@ivo leggi I agree.  Some people think that a change in coach will not make a difference.  There are teams that have inferior personnel on the ice that are playing much better than the Islanders because they have a professional NHL coach (for example the Calgary Flames among others).

tztz
tztz

@AndyDon't think it's the other way around!? Ever since Vis got hurt the defense has been atrocious, and the power play hasn't been able to put anything in net. Lubo is more important to this team than anyone realizes. It's a shame he has been out so long.

doc942
doc942

@Andy - I totally disagree with this statement. Visnovsky showed himself to be nothing but a solid teammate and good guy since he's been here.

Chris
Chris

@Andy- You're accusing him of feigning injury because the team is on a prolonged losing streak? That's a ridiculous statement, outright nonsense.

isles44
isles44

@Andy  Just like if the isles get back to .500 you become a real fan again.  You are a clown shoe for that comment.

Matthew Boily
Matthew Boily

He never said Nassau County. He just said fans. Snow is an awful GM.

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

I think I would try Strome & Bailey together on the second line to see if there's any chemistry

Add in Grabby

Don22
Don22

@Mark Kabayama@ivo leggiI usually don't put too much stock in changing coaches, but lately I've felt the players just aren't responding to Cap - or at least he isn't doing anything to make them respond.  With that said, it's not about just changing coaches - it's bringing in the right coach.  If they decide to make a change, this hire will be one of the most important in a long time.  They can't afford to bring someone in that will be fired in a year or two.

tomba
tomba

Ha...rumor has it he's back with his ex......haha

Joe Cicchesi
Joe Cicchesi

@isles44 @Andy So because andy takes a hit on a player's character, who is the same player who refused to come play for this team, he isn't a real fan? 

neeza06
neeza06

Grabner never has and never will be a viable second line winger. He is a great role player/third liner and should stay there. As for Bailey he was never gonna produce on his own but he has the skill set to be productive with the right players. Maybe if Capuano stopped playing our 3 best forwards on 1 line we might get some secondary scoring. Hey remember when Bailey Nielsen and okposo carried us during the playoff push last year and then never played together again? Good call Capuano.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Don22@Mark Kabayama@ivo leggi


For example, look at the 1995 Yankees under Buck Showalther, a good team but nothing, perhaps the players were fed up with his strict disiplinarian style, in 1996 in comes Joe Torre, BANG  a world series win, perhaps all it does take is a change in coaches, or was it just luck, chance, perhaps they were due, who knows, but it worked, at least in this case I just mentioned here.

Chris R
Chris R

@Don22 @Mark Kabayama @ivo leggi LATELY???? Imo they have not listened since he's ben here, really, they have had no frickin system since his first day..He is really a sorry sack of a coach.....

Don22
Don22

@Joe Cicchesi@isles44@AndyDo you mean the same player that recently signed an extension?

He is a tool for making a stupid joke about a serious injury.  Plain and simple.