Wilson Chandler is one of those rare players in the league that you know exist but never really see. He’s not looking for the cameras, spotlight or even recognition. Even on the floor, he has a “silent” game- meaning he’ll drop a quick 20 and 10 without a peep.
Oh yea…and don’t jump.
That goes for you too, Dwight.
It may seem a bit pretentious to highlight Wilson following a subpar performance last night against Sacramento but even Jordan had a few bad games. The fact remains that this kid is straight nice. He’s not a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year (then again, no one on the Knicks is), but he does play solid D and he can score in a number different ways.
His passing game is decent and he can play well with ANY star because he demands enough respect on the floor to draw the defense- a double team at times- but he’s not trying to shoot every time he gets a touch. His stock is way up.
I’m sure I’m not the only person watching who knows he’s one of the top three players on the new NY Knicks. I’m even MORE convinced that D’Antoni knows because Walsh told the NY Post that he’s definitely not letting him get away this summer.
This is where my confusion hits.
Why wasn’t he picked to be on the All Star ballot? Did any coaches vote for him to go? Was it the front office that was against him going? Was Walsh on vacation the day they choose that? What. Is. The. Problem.
Even if I wasn’t a basketball fan and I only looked at the stats, he should still be there because his stats are better than Gallo’s.
I’m not blind, I get it. His facial hair can be a little scary…
His billion tattoos don’t help his case AND it’s very likely that he gets followed in stores.
Don’t judge a book by its cover though! He’s actually a really good person. One of his biggest fans (11 year old Gianna) was diagnosed with brain cancer in July of 2010. When her older brother, Anthony Donahue, reached out to Wilson to attend a charity event to help raise money for cancer patients, he went without a hitch. Not only did Wilson go, he actually participated by cutting hair (something he’s never done before).
(Patrick Ewing Jr. went too)
He did this with no cameras present. No entourage or overzealous personal assistant with a list of demands. No agent to negotiate his day rate. No press. No media of any kind, not even Knicks media. He did it just because.
That facial hair is looking a little less intimidating isn’t it?
At the end of the day, baller is a baller! His performance on the floor speaks for itself.
I don’t know what’s going on in the heads of D’Antoni and the rest of the Knicks front office but they need to get it together before Wilson decides to take his talents elsewhere this summer.