Mavericks' Rookie Dereck Lively II Shines in NBA Debut


Watching from the comfort of his living room, former NBA center Tyson Chandler couldn't contain his excitement as he witnessed his protege, Dereck Lively II, continue to make a significant impact for the Dallas Mavericks during their season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. Lively's emphatic putback dunk in the late stages of the game prompted Chandler to leap from his couch in celebration. Chandler shared his enthusiasm, stating, "I was jumping around. I didn't want to make too much of it. It's just one game. But at the same time, he stepped up big with how poised he was. I didn't expect that. I remember my first game, and I wasn't that calm. We've been working a lot since he got drafted, before training camp, and during training camp. But to see him go out there and do it, I was superimpressed, and it really let me know that he was really taking it in. You never know what's going to happen when the lights come on. Well, he showed me what's going to happen when the lights go on for him." NFR live stream 2023