Thus far in the still-young NBA season, one topic seems to generate the absolute most vitriol regarding the Los Angeles Lakers: Defense. There are obviously other points of contention, but the idea of the Lakers trying to stop anyone from scoring can often lead to maniacal laughter.
Some of this is technique and/or coaching. Some of the issues on that end are personnel-related. Fortunately for everyone involved (most importantly, our eyes), help seems to be on the way. On today’s episodes of both “Locked on Lakers” and “The Lake Show” I discuss at length what the addition of Tyson Chandler might mean.
On Locked on Lakers, I resumed the series of player previews we ran before the season. I take a look at what he’s done to this point to find the foundation of where we can realistically set expectations. At 36 years of age, Chandler is obviously not the same player he was when he helped the Dallas Mavericks beat LeBron James’ Miami Heat in the finals, but he can still be a useful player given the right kind of role.
In order to figure out what the role might be, we start with the kinds of things that he needs to do individually to make the signing as successful as it could be. Basically, Chandler’s size is going to be his greatest asset.
You can listen to the full player preview, here.
On this week’s “The Lake Show,” Harrison and I obviously start by discussing what Chandler brings, but we’d also be remiss not to talk about the situation he’s stepping into. Between Magic Johnson, Luke Walton and this latest addition, there was quite enough to talk about.
As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the shows. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing to either “The Silver Screen and Roll Podcast” or “Locked on Lakers” on iTunes.