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Phil Jackson Says Trade Addressed Chemistry

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Phil Jackson spoke Thursday about the trade that shipped off Tyson Chandler and Ray Felton in exchange for Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert and others, and apparently, in his words, the move was made “to bring in some new personnel and start with some character guys that we feel can carry this forward.”

He went on to say that some of the guys that were shipped out just weren’t exhibiting the kind of on-court behavior he thinks is right for the culture of the Knicks moving forward.

“Watching them play I saw guys that looked at each other like, ‘You didn’t back me up, you weren’t here when I needed help.’ There just wasn’t the right combination or feel (where) it felt like everybody was in synch all the time,” Jackson said.

via Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com