Can Tyson Chandler Save the Lakers?

Grant SmithNov 10, 2018

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 114-110 win brought their early season record to an nearly respectable 5-6 to stand 10th in the Western Conference, but it was not guaranteed until the final seconds of the game.

Jimmy Butler's frustration is going beyond his status with the team.

Tyson Chandler made his Lakers debut Wednesday night, and some in the National Basketball Association reportedly believe that Phoenix Suns interim general manager James Jones allowed the veteran center to head to Los Angeles (via buyout) early in the season as something of a favor to longtime former teammate LeBron James.

Ball has averaged nine points as well as 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 26.1 minutes per game this season.

One thing that isn't open for debate - the Lakers needed Chandler on Wednesday night.

Tyson Chandler - the veteran big man who just reached a buyout agreement with Phoenix - had a solid debut for the Lakers, grabbing 9 rebound, including two huge offensive boards in the closing seconds. "It's incredible. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core". Hart hit four 3-pointers in the first half, and Kuzma hit a buzzer-beating 3 to limit Minnesota's lead to 67-65. However, James' biggest off-court move thus far in LA may have just taken place when Tyson Chandler agreed to join the Lakers.

Minnesota was outrebounded 47-40, and it was most glaring in that final minute. Towns was held to 5-of-16 shooting from the field, in part due to Chandler's defense.

His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.

"He gave us great minutes", Lakers star forward LeBron James said. "We've been outrebounded. We have to figure out a way to go get the ball".

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