Los Angeles Lakers veteran center Tyson Chandler has been a big boost for the team since coming over following his buyout from the Phoenix Suns earlier this season, and since joining the Lakers he has been impressed by the leadership of his teammate, LeBron James.
“Honestly, I fully expect everything that he gives,” Chandler said, according to Gina Mizell of The Athletic. “He’s been incredible for the game — a Hall of Famer on and off the court for his entire career. We’re close in (draft) classes, a couple years apart, so I’ve been able to watch his journey. I had nothing but respect for him before I got in the (same) locker room, how he’s been able to juggle his success, the expectations and then just the man that he’s become is nothing but respectable.”
Chandler is thankful to be able to play alongside of James.
“I expected the leadership qualities that he has,” Chandler stated. “And I think, as a player, you just get excited when you’re playing alongside one of those types of players — one of the greats that you know, if you get them close to the finish line, they’re able to deliver.”
Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops
Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.
“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.
Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.
Lakers Considering Jason Kidd as Next Head Coach
The Los Angeles Lakers may have decided on their next head coach should they fire current head coach Luke Walton.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Jason Kidd would be “among the serious candidates” for the job, should it become available.
Lakers Privately Concerned About LeBron James
Per the report, the Lakers have privately been concerned about James’ health following a career-long absence, due to a groin injury he sustained back on Christmas Day in a game against the Golden State Warriors.
James’ play has left the Lakers “a little concerned” for his well-being.
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