Tyson Chandler Was Overwhelmed After Lakers Debut

Tyson Chandler officially signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after clearing waivers. More

Tyson Chandler officially signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after clearing waivers. More

"James did LeBron a solid", a league source told ESPN.

The Lakers are 5-6 on the season and have one of worst defenses in the National Basketball Association as well.

An All-Star in the 2012-13 season, the well-traveled Chandler has also played with the Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Dallas Mavericks (twice) and the New York Knicks before landing in Phoenix for the 2015-16 season.

Kevin McHale on NBATV commented on the pressure the young Lakers are experiencing playing alongside LeBron for the first time, saying that Chandler may be able to bring the same veteran maturity but alleviate some of the pressure of playing on the same team as LeBron James.




Tyson Chandler cleared waivers this week after being granted a buyout from the Phoenix Suns, and he immediately signed a veteran minimum contract with the Lakers. And while he scored only two points, he had nine rebounds, including two critical offensive rebounds on taps in the game's final 42 seconds. When you're homegrown from here and going to high school and all that and you've had these same fans, and now you represent the jersey that everybody has been cheering for their entire lives, you kind of become one. And Chandler didn't disappoint, hauling in nine rebounds.

"I've been on the other side and played the villain, " he added.

"We have options to go to if he is out or later in the season if people get hurt, we have guys we're very confident can play that point guard position for us", Walton said. Jimmy Butler adds 24 points in the loss. Rose and Wiggins hit three 3-pointers apiece and all five starters contributed to an 11-for-17 performance beyond the arc, tying the franchise record for 3s in a first half.

Hopefully the addition helps get Luke Walton off the hot seat, too. His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.

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