July 31, 2012
NBA’s 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler, believes that politics played a part in him not being an all star and being on the first team All-Defensive team. While the media votes on the DPOY, the coaches vote on the players for the All-Defensive team. Chandler has been a force on defensive and an influence to an improved Knicks defense that made the playoffs. Chandler was selected second team All-Defensive team behind a shortened Dwight Howard season.
Chandler told the Post, “I think it was ridiculous. It just shows – the coaches vote for that. I don’t know if they’re really paying attention on what they’re voting on. I don’t tknow if they just mark down the names. I don’t understand how I can win Defensive Player of the Year by the media and get second team. The good thing is I get to play against them next year and show them why I should’ve been Defensive Player of Year and show them why I should be on the first team.’’