Tyson Chandler feels sorry for Dirk Nowitzki

Tyson Chandler has two point guards. The Dallas Mavericks have none.

Chandler, a teammate of Deron Williams on Team USA now in training camp in Las Vegas and soon to be a teammate of Jason Kidd with the New York Knicks, said he feels badly for Dirk Nowitzki now that the 2011 title team is kaput and the 2012-13 Mavs season doesn't look so hot either.

Of course, the Mavs swung and missed this week at bringing Williams home as a free agent, and two days later Kidd, walked away from Dallas' offer and agreed to join the Knicks because he deemed the roster to be superior.

“I am a little bit stunned, but I kind of felt like it was going to be that, honestly," Chandler told reporters in Vegas. "If they weren’t able to land Deron Williams or Dwight [Howard], I knew there would be trouble down the road. I feel sorry for Dirk; really for Dirk and the coaching staff. You go from winning a championship to kind of it seems like you’re almost in a rebuilding stage. Especially for Dirk at this point in his career, I really feel bad for him."

Chandler changed tunes when the acquisition of Kidd was brought up. For an often dysfunctional unit that some accuse of having mismatched parts, Tyson said Kidd's calmness will be a welcomed edition.

"That’s what we need," Chandler said. "We need that in the huddle. It’s going to huge for us."