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Lakers news: Belief that Tyson Chandler has plenty left in the tank

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The 36-year-old may still have plenty to give on the court despite being in the back end of his career.

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About a week ago, the Los Angeles Lakers made the acquisition of veteran big man Tyson Chandler after he was bought out of the final year of his deal with the Phoenix Suns. 

It hasn’t taken long for Chandler to make an immediate impact with his new team as he has played a major role in his first three games. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, there is a belief that Chandler still has plenty to give on the court despite being in his 18th campaign in the league.

Chandler has proven to be a huge factor not only in the locker room but also with his play as he made several key plays in his first week of the team. In his debut, he had a pair of key offensive rebounds in the final minute of the 114-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves that were tapped out to his teammates that helped seal the deal. He had capped it off in that contest by closing out on a 3-pointer attempt from Derrick Rose that altered his shot. 

The 36-year-old also made a tremendous play in Sunday’s 107-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks where he got his fingertips on a game-winning layup by rookie point guard Trae Young on the final play of the game. He has been pivotal late in games that given the team another asset on the floor to help them close out contests. Meanwhile, he had hauled in a team-high 12 rebounds in Saturday’s 101-86 win over the Sacramento Kings.

In three games played, he is averaging 3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steal in 22.6 minutes per game. Chandler led the team once each in rebounds, steals, and blocks. It has been nothing short than an impressive start to his Lakers’ career, which could have many more memorable moments ahead this season.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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