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Tyson Chandler savored the ovations when he first took the court in downtown Los Angeles. The cheers at the end were even sweeter.The Lakers’ newest big man got to represent his hometown Wednesday night for the first time in his 18 NBA seasons, and he came up bigger and better than even he expected in a hard-fought win.

LeBron James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyle Kuzma scored six of his 21 points in the final minutes of the Lakers’ 114-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


This is getting very interesting — if the acquisition of Chandler goes through, you will have four champions on the team — Rondo (Boston), Chandler (Mavericks), McGee (Warriors) and of course Lebron James. There’s something to be said for championship experience to go along with the young group of talented Lakers.

Chandler averaged 6.5 points and 9.1 rebounds last season, averaging 25 minutes of playing time in just 46 games. The 36-year-old is averaging just 3.7 points and 12.7 minutes per game so far this season, and has taken the backseat to rookie center Deandre Ayton — who is averaging more than 16 points and 11 rebounds through eight games this year.

While JaVale McGee will still start and get the bulk of the minutes down low, Chandler can provide some much-needed depth for the Lakers at that position. The Lakers had been using rookie Johnathan Williams as McGee’s backup, however Williams is on a two-way contract and can only spend 45 days in the NBA.

Chandler, an NBA veteran who is in his 18th season in the league, can definitely help LeBron James lead the way in the young Lakers locker room, with the young core.