After a slow start, Team USA was able to dominate France in this afternoon’s Olympic opener. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler made significant contribution’s to the 98-71 victory over Tony Parker and France.
A lot of pressure comes with being the lone “true” center on the USA basketball squad, but Tyson Chandler handled it beautifully this afternoon in team’s Olympic opener. As a basketball fan, you should know that Chandler is an all out competitor, and his overwhelming agression usually leads to foul trouble, which is a recurring problem when you’re limited to 5 personal fouls. Well, Tyson Chandler turned a new leaf this afternoon and exemplified smart basketball as he was able to escape the half with just 1 foul. In fact, 7 other Team USA players had more personal fouls than Tyson Chandler at the half. With that said, it was only fitting that Tyson Chandler began the game with a lob, something Knicks fans have seen time and time again. His relentless work under the basket is, and was in fact, a huge factor in today’s matchup as he pulled down 9 boards- tied for a team high. He also did a great job of getting to the line early on, but was able to knock down just 2/5- something that needs to improve. Just 1 block was recorded, but his interior presence was felt as he protected the paint. Finishing the game with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block, the 7’1 center made notable contributions in the 27-point victory.