“I knew that I was capable of doing this, I knew my coaching staff believes in me and I knew I was going to get an opportunity. I just worked really hard on the things Coach McHale told me to work on. He told me that every time I get a rebound to go with it, so I worked on my ball-handling, I worked on making decisions, just so that when the season came, I’d be ready.”
The play where Chandler gets the board and goes with it was something I had been noticing a lot this year and hadn’t seen at all in the past. Thus, it’s interesting reading that it’s something that was consciously stressed by the staff.
Whenever he’s forced it, while it hasn’t always resulted in a basket, I’ve always felt that the huge amount of pressure the play has placed on the defense has resulted in a net positive for the team. It’s big when your ‘defensive specialist’ isn’t just a specialist.