Tyson Chandler is thankful for the help in the paint.

A day after the Knicks agreed to terms on a sign-and-trade for his backup, Marcus Camby, the center said the team is better constructed to deal with the likes of the Heat, which punished the Knicks inside during the playoffs.

"We match up better with everybody having him," Chandler said. "One of the tough things last year was when I went out of the game, a lot of times we didn't have rim protection. Having Camby now, that shot-blocker down there, a guy who understands the game, a savvy veteran, he's really going to help us defensively."