Tyson Chandler made his Lakers debut in the first quarter and scored his first basket with his new team when he tipped in a Rajon Rondo miss with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter. And until Wednesday night, he had played 1,086 career games - but zero with his hometown Lakers.
"The season is still young but we can't use that for too much longer, because these games come around quick", Butler said.
Tyson Chandler cleared waivers this week after being granted a buyout from the Phoenix Suns, and he immediately signed a veteran minimum contract with the Lakers.
Ultimately, the Chandler move is nothing but a benefit to the Lakers.
GettyTyson Chandler goes up for a dunk during his time with the Phoenix Suns. But they didn't sign him for that.
Phoenix interim GM James Jones was a longtime teammate of LeBron's in Miami and Cleveland. "But LeBron wanted him now".
The theory was backed up by Bleacher Report, who said the timing of Chandler's buyout was not coincidental. Rather, he praised Jones for doing right by a veteran player and told ESPN he will have a spot in his front office for Jones if he ever owns an National Basketball Association franchise down the line. "He did right by Tyson as a veteran".
Though Lakers President Magic Johnson surely had a role in bringing Chandler in, it appears LeBron James was also a facilitator.
A native of Los Angeles, Chandler is considered one of the strong, veteran leaders in the league - a welcome addition to a largely youthful Lakers locker room.
After a disappointing loss at Staples Centre to the Toronto Raptors, Lebron James and the La Lakers bounced back with a narrow win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. But still, the Lakers showed what they're capable of, and finishing a tight game might come in handy against Minnesota, considering the two were evenly matched at Target Center in Minneapolis.