Houston Rockets’ nineteen-year veteran Tyson Chandler says retirement is still an option at the conclusion of the season.
Houston Rockets center Tyson Chandler hinted that retirement is still a strong possibility following the 2020 season. Chandler alluded to the likelihood while opening joking with ESPN’s Tim McMahon that the two may quarantine together should the COVID-19 pandemic last into next season.
Following Rockets’ practice, the 37-year-old big man admitted he even considered walking away from the game, given the uncertainty surrounding the NBA restart.
“I did so much thinking to even come back now to be quite honest with you,” Chandler said. “I decided to come back because I did not want it [his career] to end this way. It all depends on how my body feels at the end of this run and how successful we are.”
Tuesday’s media availability was not the first time Chandler has contemplated retirement. Before signing a one-year deal with the Rockets last July, Chandler said he gave retirement a though after appearing in 48 games with the Lakers in 2019.
“I’ll do myself some justice and not try to get ahead of myself this time around,” he said. “At the end of the season last year, I thought to myself that this was probably it. And then the end of the summer rolled around, I started to get that itch. It is hard to make that decision now.”
Prior to the league’s suspension in March, the onetime Defensive Player of the Year winner (2012) and All-Star (2013) has touched the floor in 26 games, averaging 8.4 minutes of playing as a member of the Rockets.
The chances of Chandler receiving more playing time in Orlando remains slim due to Houston’s commitment to small-ball. Despite the insufficient minutes, Chandler reassured his role on how he can contribute to a team hoping to capture the Larry O’Brien trophy come mid-October.
“Practice, keeping myself ready and talking to guys. My presence —especially on this team — means a lot in the locker room,” he said. “I always tell coach ‘whenever you want to switch it up, I am ready.’”
Beginning with the Chicago Bulls in 2001, Chandler has played on eight different organizations throughout his 19-year NBA career. In 2011, Chandler played a vital role in helping the Dallas Mavericks upset the star-studded Heat, capturing his lone NBA championship.
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