I’m about to hop on a plane to Phoenix for tonight’s Thunder-Suns game but wanted to quickly post New Orleans Hornets center Tyson Chandler’s reaction to failing his physical on Wednesday.
In today’s Times-Picayune Chandler says, “I don’t understand that. I haven’t missed a game because of (the toe) in the last three years after I had the surgery. I think had it been anywhere else or anything else it would not have been a problem or issue.”
Chandler of course is referring to having the injury while he played in Oklahoma City as a member of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. He missed the final eight games of that 2006-07 season with the injury to his left big toe, and the same doctor, Dr. Carlen Yates, is the doctor who performed the surgery two days after the final game that season and the one who examined Chandler on Wednesday for the Thunder.
Said Hornets GM Jeff Bower, “I’m not going to comment on (the Thunder’s) medical opinions. But we know the reasons for missed games by Tyson over the last three years while he played for us.”
Check back later this afternoon for more reaction on the acquisitions of Thabo Sefolosha and Malik Rose from Thunder players and coaches. I’ll post some comments from Scott Brooks and GM Sam Presti when I land and get settled and get some reaction from the players before tonight’s game.