Tyson Chandler Not Sure Whether He’ll Retire After Season

Rockets center Tyson Chandler is on an expiring contract and will turn 38 years old this fall, but he’s not sure whether he’ll call it a career after this season, tweets Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

As MacMahon notes, Chandler originally thought he would retire last summer, but decided he still had the desire to continue playing and signed with Houston after the club recruited him for weeks. After another year in the NBA, he hasn’t yet made a decision on what his future holds.

I’ll do myself some justice, not get ahead of myself and wait for that moment to come,” Chandler said.

The second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, Chandler has appeared in a total of 1,160 career regular season games, including 26 for Houston this season. The veteran big man has also played in 75 postseason contests, winning a championship with the Mavericks in 2011 and earning an All-Star nod with the Knicks in 2013.

While Chandler doesn’t play a major role on the small-ball Rockets, he’s essentially the only option the team can turn to if it wants to match up with an opponent by using a traditional center, especially with Isaiah Hartenstein no longer on the roster. Forwards like P.J. Tucker, Jeff Green, and DeMarre Carroll typically serve as Houston’s de facto centers.

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8 thoughts on “Tyson Chandler Not Sure Whether He’ll Retire After Season

  1. mlbnyyfan

    The Mavericks don’t win the Championship without him. Mavericks should of kept him long term

  2. harden-westbrook-mvps

    He won’t be re-signed by the Rockets, so maybe someone else needs a veteran backup at center. Carroll probably won’t get a lot of minutes at the five, but hopefully Mbah a Moute can work himself into the rotation to give them another good defender who can play some center.

    • Banesays

      It amazes me how up the a$$es of Harden and Westbrook and still can’t see that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. At least until they get rid of good ol Mike.

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Spoken with pure naïveté as always, it’s nice to hear your unbiased opinion my friend. Of course Harden shows up to practice the day after your astute observation, and is of course in mid-season form after getting into the best shape of his life.

        Even if/when D’Antoni leaves the team next season it won’t change that much. They will probably be even better in 2020-21 since almost their entire rotation will still be under contract and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if they’re one of the top 2 or 3 teams expected to win the title in 2021.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Tyson definitely was part of Mavs run. He had a nice career. Play during the bigs era still. So made good money. Never would have made us much now. I know Warriors can use a rim protector. Two yrs at minimum. Might even win another ring.

  4. wagner13

    Considering he can’t crack the rotation of a team devoid of any true centers, I think it might be time to hang it up. I applaud him for an extensive and storied career, but he might be better served as a mentor/coach at this stage

  5. El Don

    Can’t believe how in the 2001 draft Kwame Brown & Tyson Chandler got picked ahead of Pau Gasol!?!?!
    I mean Tyson had a kind of decent career, although he is a very limited player… Kwame was a huge bust… meanwhile Pau is a legend & a HoF all day long!!!

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Chandler got a ring with Dallas in 2011, I’d hardly put him in the same class as a bust like Kwame who couldn’t even get a ring in LA.

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