Chandler Says LeBron 'Greatest Nearer Since Nowitzki' After Lakers Beat Timberwolves

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The Los Angeles Lakers have officially added Tyson Chandler to the squad, and he will likely back up JaVale McGee at the center position.

The former Dallas Mavericks star made an impact by contributing nine rebounds in 23 minutes on the court and was delighted to open his Lakers account with a win.

The Los Angeles Lakers were -22 over their past five games in the rebounding battle prior to Thursday's game against the Wolves. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core.

James, who led the Lakers in scoring, nearly ended up with a triple double, with the small forward dropping 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Lakers' newest big man got to represent his hometown Wednesday night for the first time in his 18 National Basketball Association seasons, and he came up bigger and better than even he expected in a hard-fought win. "But it was great to be out there, and play a part on the team I've watched my entire life".

"The big man - who said he picked L.A. among about five teams - joins the Lakers after having his contract bought out by Phoenix".

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.

But the Lakers didn't get humiliated in the first quarter, as they did last Sunday in their loss to Toronto.

A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro.

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. Minnesota had a 32-30 lead after the first 12 minutes. "We've been outrebounded. We have to figure out a way to go get the ball".

In typical Skip Bayless fashion, the TV personality says the Rockets' woes might help LeBron James and the Lakers sneak into the playoffs this season in the rugged Western Conference.

Timberwolves: At the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

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