Tyson Chandler was called for offensive interference on his own dunk last night in Orlando.
The referee’s offensive goaltending call against the New York Knicks center waved off what could have been the winning basket in the first overtime period against the Magic. The Knicks went on to lose 129-121 in double overtime, thereby wasting a 44-point barrage by Carmelo Anthony.
You can decide whether Chandler was showboating by hanging on the rim after the reverse dunk, and as a result, inadvertently head-butted the ball out of the cylinder. See embed below.
Going into tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks are 21 and 34 (a winning percentage of.382), third in the NBA Atlantic Division, but in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, where only eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The Magic are even worse, with a record of 17 and 40. Given the team’s lackluster performance, Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson has been on the hot seat all season and is very unlikely to be in charge in the 2014-2015 campaign.
The New York Post observed that the Tyson Chandler disallowed dunk was symbolic of the Knicks’ futility this season:
“Yes, the Knicks have provided plenty of images for a scrapbook from hell to detail and explain this season, but there may never be anything like what we saw with 1:07 left in the first overtime of this 129-121 double-OT loss to the Magic. That was when Chandler took a feed from Raymond Felton and dunked the ball behind his head, for what should have been a 115-113 lead… Only the ball had barely passed through the bottom of the rim, emphatically, when it hit Chandler on his head — It. Hit. Him. On. His. HEAD! — and popped back out the top of the rim, and if Chandler plays H-O-R-S-E every day for the rest of his life, he’s going to have a hard time duplicating that.”
Added the Bleacher Report: “The New York Knicks continue to invent bold and innovative ways of not scoring the basketball. But center Tyson Chandler might have earned the Nobel Prize in the field of anti-offense with this dunk attempt in overtime of Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic.”
[top image credit: scott mecum]