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SportLakers coach Luke Walton on addition of C Tyson Chandler: ‘We needed the help now’

02:05  09 november  2018
02:05  09 november  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Luke Walton believes the addition of Tyson Chandler will have a major impact on the Lakers.

The 36-year-old center, who signed with the Lakers this week after he was bought out by the Suns, grabbed a pair of key offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter of his team debut against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Chandler finished with nine rebounds in 23 minutes in the Lakers’ 114-110 win. Walton, the third-year Lakers coach, discussed Chandler’s effect on the team after the game.

"We needed the help now," Walton said (via ESPN). "And I don't know how that all works but give (general manager) Rob (Pelinka) and Magic (Johnson) credit for recognizing that and going out and getting that job done for our squad."

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''In Tyson Chandler , we addressed that need and so much more. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience that will solidify our Chandler has been a standout NBA defender and rebounder for half of his life. He is the latest addition to a core of veteran Lakers newcomers around

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The Lakers didn’t have a true backup center on their roster before they added Chandler and their defense struggled when starter JaVale McGee headed to the bench. Walton thinks that will now be less of an issue.

"I think it helps stabilize us," Walton said. "I think it will help make us more of the consistent type of team we want to be defensively and rebounding."

The win over Minnesota moved the Lakers to 5-6 this season.

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