Report: Mike D’Antoni was a strong advocate to bring Tyson Chandler to Houston
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was a strong advocate to bring veteran center Tyson Chandler to Houston, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
D’Antoni coached Chandler with the New York Knicks. Chandler will back up Clint Capela on the Rockets.
Mike D’Antoni coached Tyson Chandler with the Knicks and was a strong advocate for bringing him to Houston. Rockets believe Chandler can provide second unit a defensive/rebounding backbone and still has enough juice left to be a lob threat. Bonus that he’s a consummate pro.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 12, 2019
Tyson Chandler is a great guy to have in your locker room. He’s seen just about everything in the NBA and has won a championship as well.
Chandler, 36, has career averages of 8.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 1,134 NBA games with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He was the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.
The Rockets need all the help they can get on defense since Mike D’Antoni’s teams historically have never been that good on that end of the floor.
Houston made a big splash on Thursday, acquiring former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder. James Harden got his wish by getting Chris Paul out of town. The additions of Westbrook and Chandler make the Rockets a contender in a loaded Western Conference. The Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz are the other elite teams in the West.
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