Wilson Chandler shrugs as he sees Spencer Dinwiddie’s pull-up 3-pointer clank off the left side of the rim.
“That’s a good shot, though,” Chandler says. “You can’t get mad when you miss a shot you normally make. You got to live and die with it.”
It is Wednesday night, and 45 seconds remain as the Brooklyn Nets host the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center. Had Dinwiddie’s shot fallen, Chandler’s teammates would have regained a one-point edge in a game they once led by 20.
And Chandler can do nothing but watch.new nike nfl jerseys cheap
He is a borough away, a 30-minute subway ride from the arena as the seconds tick down on the Nets’ 11th loss of the season.
Dressed in a black, graphic T-shirt, black sweatpants and a black hat, Chandler has his eyes locked on one of two 60-inch flat-screen TVs in a wood-paneled private room in Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan.
Normally when a player is sitting out, he puts on a suit jacket and takes in the game from the bench. An injured player might watch from the locker room or trainer’s office.
Chandler’s absence is different. He is serving the 24th of a 25-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance in August. League rules dictate that Chandler cannot be inside an arena where the Nets are playing two hours before and after games.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
Chandler, who signed with Brooklyn over the summer on a one-year, veterans minimum contract, will return for Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers — his final game covered by the suspension was Saturday night at the Toronto Raptors — and is expected to play. “We will throw him to the wolves, so to speak,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.
For the past three months, though, Chandler has watched his teammates play from the 40/40 Club — Chandler is represented by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports — or from his apartment in Brooklyn Heights.
“Being suspended,” Chandler says, “you’re being banished.”
Chandler, 32, says this has been the most challenging stretch of an 11-year career. Tougher than the adjustments he had to make during his rookie season in 2007-08. More frustrating than missing the entire 2015-16 season with a torn labrum. More trying than being traded.
At one point during his suspension, Chandler admits, he contemplated retiring from the NBA altogether.
“You start to think about, ‘Is it really worth it?'” Chandler says. “Not because you don’t want to play, but because you’re in a dark place.”