Pacific Notes: Chandler, Durant, Kings, McGee

Before signing with the Lakers as a free agent, veteran center Tyson Chandler registered interest from a handful of teams across the NBA.

Among these teams were the Warriors, according to Jon Becker of The Mercury News, adding that Chandler narrowed his decision down to the Warriors and Lakers. Chandler, an L.A. native, ultimately chose to sign with the Lakers.

“I think it was like five teams, and I narrowed it down to two,” Chandler said this week. “And then I had to do some heavy thinking and praying and then I can only see myself in a Lakers uniform, so it kind of made the decision for me.”

The opportunity to play for his hometown team in Los Angeles with LeBron James was too much to turn away for Chandler, who’s been impressive off the Lakers’ bench so far this season.

Here are some other notes from the Pacific Division:

  • ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explains why Kevin Durant is the NBA’s most powerful person, writing about his altercation with teammate Draymond Green from earlier in the week. Durant, a consensus top-3 player in the NBA, could leave the Warriors as a free agent next July.
  • The Kings received praise from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich this week, with Popovich lauding the organization for improving its culture. “I was really impressed, their culture is changing — it’s changed drastically,” Popovich said, according to James Ham of NBC Sports. “Guys are committed, guys are physical, taking some pride in defense. I think Vlade [Divac] and the team have made some good moves, and I think Dave [Joerger]’s done a great job of bringing that group together. They look really good. It’s impressive.”
  • Tyson Chandler says he signed with the Lakers to complement starting center JaVale McGee, not to compete against him for minutes, Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times writes. “It’s not about me and him,” Chandler said, choosing to keep his focus on the overall team goal.
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5 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Chandler, Durant, Kings, McGee

  1. Kerr said after tonights game that the Warriors are banged up spiritually. I’d think unless Durant is ready to commit to the Warriors, it’ll remain that way. Draymond-KD is Westbrook-KD round 2, but off to an earlier start.

  2. IMO KD isn’t a consensus top-3 player in the league. He is a top-10 that’s for sure & he was a top-3, but now… Embiid, Giannis, AD, Lebron… surely are above him & Westbrook, Harden, Curry, KAT, Jokic, Lillard & a healthy DMC are at his level, so yes a top player but not a top-3 (haters you can have a go at me for my opinion)

  3. KD is a top 2 player. KD’s MVP in the Finals the last 2 seasons against LeBron bears this out. Only the players and coaches opinions matter. ESPN has an article now saying he’s the most powerful player in the NBA now. I’m not happy with him right now though. I’m glad the Rockets and OKC (without Westbrook) are playing at last years level now. Haters is a bad word. It goes both ways. Draymond’s mom had several things to say. I found interesting that she said the play wasn’t Draymond’s fault because KD was behind him and not on the wing like usual. KD acknowledged that she was right.

    • Curry and green like to push the action. Green dribble right into triple team lost the ball and all his teammates were behind him. Might not have been the time to rush it. Durant and Thompson like to slow it up and go half court offense. Work for a good shot.

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