Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) attempts to drive around New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the third quarter at Amway Center. New York defeated Orlando, 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Not to start the day with a gripe, but...I'm really not a fan of these award announcements getting leaked in advance. I get that the information is the same whether I hear it on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, and I get that it's the job of reporters like Marc J. Spears to track down and report "leaking" information. It's just that, I don't know, awards season used to be magical, but now it's gone the way of a lot of awards events, where the announcements have become sketchy and diffuse, sneaking up on you unexpectedly in the middle of the night.
A person with knowledge of the award says New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler has been voted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.
The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the official announcement was to come from the NBA. The award will be announced on Wednesday.
Again, I'm not sure why this "person with knowledge" can't let it go until the announcement itself, but ANYWAY, that's not the point. The point is Tyson Chandler has played a masterpiece of a defensive season, and it's a delight to see that recognized by the voters (media). Chandler's defensive prowess is evident with the naked eye, though sometimes it's in plain view, and other times you need to squint to see his little, intelligent contributions. It's evident in his defensive numbers. it's evident in New York's ranking as the league's fifth most efficient defensive team. It's evident in how horrible the Knicks have looked defensively when Chandler's been out or under the weather.
Chandler's the first Knick to ever win this award (though it's only existed since the early '80s) (1880s, that is). It's a huge, well deserved honor for the big bro, and it's been amazing to watch him work this season. Congratulations, Tyson! Happy DPOY to you! And many mooooooooore.
Update: The "major announcement" will arrive around 3 PM.