Tyson Chandler signs with the Lakers

Tyson Chandler signs with the Lakers

Struggling defensively this season, the Los Angeles Lakers adds Tyson Chandler to their line-up of veterans.

The 7 foot 1 centre was bought out of his contract at Phoenix, and opted to join the purple and gold among five other suitors vying for his signature.

Chandler was a major part of the Dallas Maverick’s run to the championship back in 2011, and made a name for himself for post-up plays, rebounding, and most importantly the pick-and-roll.

The Lakers front-court only has JaVale McGee who has been efficient defensively, averaging 3.4 blocks per game. Lakers are also 23rd in the league in defensive rating, allowing 11.6 points per 100 possessions. Chandler, who was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and a one-time all NBA Defensive First Team, will provide valuable protection to the rim. Despite his age of 36, Chandler still has a lot to offer, and is third on the all-time career leader for field goal percentage (59.58%), just behind DeAndre Jordan and Artis Gilmore.

Lebron James says, “I love the fact that we’re going to get another veteran. A guy who plays hard, and a guy who’s very smart, and another championship to add to the champions that we have. That adds depth in our front-court, which we’ve had trouble with at times.”

The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow.

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