May 2, 2012 12:00 AM
" There's actually some good news to report from the land of perpetual dysfunction known as the New York Knicks.
Tyson Chandler is going to be named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday for the job he did both individually and as a leader of the defensive turnaround on the team this season. It's a well-deserved honor for Chandler, particularly because he was able to improve the defense even when Mike D'Antoni was running the team.
Chandler's award is something to celebrate, but it also comes with a twinge of sadness. As we wallow in the two losses in Miami and the sad, sad mess that Amar'e Stoudemire created for himself, it's hard not to see Chandler's award as a sign of the Knicks season that could have been.
The best of the Knicks this season seemed capable of beating anyone in the league, whether by following Carmelo Anthony's Hero Ball or using defense to spur offense like in the old days or simply overwhelming teams with their depth "
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