Tyson Chandler's impact on Los Angeles Lakers made clear during debut

Tyson Chandler's impact on Los Angeles Lakers made clear during debut

Lindsey Duncan
November 11, 2018

"He did right by Tyson as a veteran". No, the Lakers haven't chose to fire Luke Walton or anything like that, but the team did add veteran center Tyson Chandler in recent days.

McHale was the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations when he and Ainge, the Celtics' general manager, made a deal that gave Boston the defensive force and fiery leader of its 2007-08 NBA championship team. The Lakers kept the pace up against their tired rivals from Sacramento, getting quality minutes from Chandler, Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Josh Hart, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope off the bench.

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off an impressive 114-110 win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Chandler, who is from Compton, Calif., was clearly happy with the change.

"He was very, very excited", James said. "See all the (retired) numbers up there, it's pride".

The Lakers went into the day unsure if starting point guard Lonzo Ball would play after turning his ankle in practice, but he chose to give it a go and square off with college rival De'Aaron Fox, who has had a nice start to the season in Sacramento.

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"LeBron is the greatest player of our generation", Chandler said.

The Lakers didn't have a true backup center on their roster before they added Chandler and their defense struggled when starter JaVale McGee headed to the bench.

Jones played with James in Miami, and followed him to the Cleveland Cavaliers late in his career.

The game wasn't always pretty and didn't feature the scoring that was expected out of two teams who thrive on flying up and down the floor, but the Lakers will gladly take the win.

To the delight of purple and gold fanatics, that was in full effect on one play Saturday night when the Lakers visited the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. The only problem was that Chandler was under contract with the Phoenix Suns. At 25, he's 11 years younger than Chandler and more active than him.