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

Luke Walton believes the addition of Tyson Chandler could have a serious impression on the Lakers.

The 36-year-old heart, who signed with the Lakers this week after he was purchased out by the Suns, grabbed a pair of key offensive rebounds within the fourth quarter of his workforce debut towards the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Chandler completed with 9 rebounds in 23 minutes within the Lakers’ 114-110 win. Walton, the third-year Lakers coach, mentioned Chandler’s impact on the workforce after the sport.

“We wanted the assistance now,” Walton stated (via ESPN). “And I do not understand how that each one works however give (normal supervisor) Rob (Pelinka) and Magic (Johnson) credit score for recognizing that and going out and getting that job performed for our squad.”

The Lakers didn’t have a real backup heart on their roster earlier than they added Chandler and their protection struggled when starter JaVale McGee headed to the bench. Walton thinks that may now be much less of a problem.

“I feel it helps stabilize us,” Walton stated. “I feel it can assist make us extra of the constant kind of workforce we need to be defensively and rebounding.”

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

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