One of the most memorable moments from Thursday's loss to the Knicks was Austin Daye's flagrant clothesline foul on Tyson Chandler. It looked bad -- mostly because Chandler's awkward fall -- but Daye maintains there was no ill-intent, adding that he tried to apologize immediately after the fall. From MLive's David Mayo:
"I wanted to but the refs backed me up," Daye said. "I wanted to make sure he was OK but the refs wanted to make sure there was no hassle at all."
The two have known each other for years, Daye said, dating to when Chandler was a high school star at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., and Daye was growing up in Los Angeles.
"He's my friend," Daye said. "I've known him forever. I've known Tyson since he was in high school and I was a little kid. He knows I wouldn't try to hurt him."