For the glass-half-full Knicks fan, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic as New York enters the home stretch of the regular season. The Knicks (39-26) woke up Tuesday morning 13 games over .500 and in first place in the Atlantic Division.
But they also have a few troubling flaws that need to be sorted out if they want to advance in the playoffs.
One of those flaws, according to All-Star center Tyson Chandler, is the team's failure to hold one another accountable on the court.
"I think we really need to just really get on each other and start holding each other accountable for our actions," Chandler said in an interview with ESPN that aired during Monday's Knicks-Jazz game. "That was our big [sticking point] to start the season, in training camp. And I feel like we've slowly went away from that and we need to get back to it, including myself."
It's interesting that Chandler would question his team's accountability. Mike Woodson, you might recall, has preached accountability since the day he took over as head coach of the Knicks.
In the interview with ESPN, Chandler added that his teammates have lacked intensity at times.
"I think we've got to come together and understand that it's not a one-day thing, it's an everyday thing. I think right now sometimes we're considered fool's gold," Chandler said. "We think we can turn it on and turn it off, and that's not the way to go about things."
Chandler's words should carry weight in the locker room. He's perceived by many to be the heart of this Knicks team and is the unquestioned backbone of its defense.
He has missed the last two games with knee and neck injuries. An MRI of his cervical spine revealed a small bulging disk. He is expected to miss approximately a week.
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