Tyson Chandler’s impact on Los Angeles Lakers made clear during debut

The Los Angeles Lakers were -22 over their past five games in
the rebounding battle prior to Thursday’s game against the
Wolves.

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important win

Only in a close win against the Blazers did they manage to level
the number of rebounds (50-50).

A stretch of seven games saw the Lakers not once win the battle
of the boards as opposing teams feasted on the glass.

Behind Javale McGee, the Lakers’ big man stocks were slim. That
all changed when the team brought in veteran center Tyson
Chandler.

Chandler’s presence had an immediate impact for the Lakers as he
pulled down eight rebounds in a little under 23 minutes.

Another big in the paint is exactly what the Lakers were lacking
and coach Luke Walton stated as much following the 114-110
victory.

“We needed the help now,” Walton said to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

The Lakers ended the clash with a +7 rebounding advantage, the
first time they’ve done so since their third game of the
season.

Having Chandler in the lineup and backing up McGee gives the
Lakers a whole new look and gives them a genuine presence in the
paint all game long.

And the 36-year-old couldn’t be happier to be back playing in
his home state and suiting up for the purple and gold.

“I love this city the way they love me,” Chandler said to
McMenamin.

“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.”

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