Tyson Chandler eager to ease LeBron James’ burden with Lakers

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Lakers make signing of veteran center Chandler official

More than that, though, he's just grateful to be able to play in Los Angeles.

The Lakers' defense is 18.3 points per 100 possessions worse when McGee is off the floor, meaning Chandler's role, as well as his skillset, could prove to be a good fit with Los Angeles.

Leading by a point late in the game, the Lakers missed three shots with less than a minute to play, two on 3-point attempts from James.

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.

"It's all love, I love them the way they love me." he said.

"When you're homegrown from here, go to high school and all of that, and you have these same fans that have been watching (your career) and now you represent the jersey that everyone has been cheering for their entire lives, you kind of become one". "It's awesome. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk".

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Chandler's nine rebounds included two enormous offensive boards in the last minute. "Now it's great to be on this side and actually rep them". Rose also missed a three-pointer at the end fourth which would have given the Timberwolves the lead.

The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Asked what it is like to play alongside James, he said: "I can't describe it, it's wonderful".

Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 4-8 and remained winless on the road this season.

Pascal Siakam scored 21 points, Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 14 rebounds while Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight assists for the Raptors.

"Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding", said Pelinka. Minnesota had a 32-30 lead after the first 12 minutes.

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