Wilson Chandler Admits Trade Upsetting
(HoopsHype) What was tougher for you during your time with the Knicks – the lack of a contract extension last summer or the trade?
WC (Wilson Chandler): Definitely the trade. The contract extension wasn’t too a big of a deal, I still loved being there. I think the trade was the biggest thing. It was my first time being traded, obviously. I got drafted there, it was a team I grew to love and there were teammates I grew close to… That was the toughest thing for me.
(HoopsHype) Maybe you remember this quote from Donnie Walsh last January: “Wilson is a restricted free agent and I’m going to sign him.” When the trade happened, what did Walsh say to you?
WC: He didn’t say too much. I didn’t have too much contact with the team when I got traded, I was kind of upset.
(HooopsHype) Did the trade change the way you look at the basketball business?
WC: Yeah, that was the first time I realized the NBA is really a business. I knew that at first, but that was the first time really being a part of that, like this is a business, like this is not like a regular high school team or anything like that.