Chandler has impactful debut as Lakers beat Wolves 114-110

Chandler has impactful debut as Lakers beat Wolves 114-110

After LA's savvy basketball fans welcomed Chandler to town with cheers, the veteran provided much of what the Lakers have been lacking this season.

"They could have bought him out at the trade deadline and gotten great leadership and mentoring for two-thirds of the season", a rival executive told B/R. Los Angeles kept the possession alive with offensive rebounds, and Kuzma eventually hit one free throw for a 112-110 lead with 9.2 seconds remaining. "I think he'll be a nice kind of velvety touch for that team". "It's awesome. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk". So why did the Suns agree to buyout Chandler?

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If his performance in Wednesday's game was any indication, Chandler could serve to be an impactful asset off the bench that could help the Lakers turn it around from their early-season struggles.

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Part of the problem has been the lack of options. The veteran center was brought on to give them some size as a backup for starting center JaVale McGee.

It had featured recently acquired big man Tyson Chandler playing a big factor on the floor in his first game with the team, which included some pivotal tapout rebounds in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Thus, creating a center presence the Lakers haven't had in a while.

"You can tell he's a young-old guy that's happy to be back home, and he played with a lot of energy tonight", said Rajon Rondo, who was thanked by Chandler for vocally directing him around the court. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain by adding an experienced, smart, and composed veteran to their lineup-especially at the center position. Jones was a member of all three teams that LeBron won championships with.

At best, they'll finally start winning, and everyone can relax.

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