"To be able to have him close out games and know how special he is on both ends - defensively and offensively - I just want to take some of the pressure off him".
Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. It was just the second miss in nine 3-point attempts for Rose, who had a 50-point game October 31 against the Utah Jazz.
There is no doubt that defense has been a major issue for the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season.
"The best thing about it when you add a veteran like that who's experienced a lot, they pick up on things fast", James said.
"When you're homegrown and going to high school here, now you have the same fans and you represent the jersey everybody has been cheering for their entire lives, you kind of become one". "It's unbelievable. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk. Now it's great to be on this side and actually rep them".
The Wolves had one last possession, but Rose missed a wide open 3-pointer with four seconds to go.
Powered by their veteran backcourt, the Timberwolves got 31 points from Derrick Rose and 24 from Jimmy Butler.
The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.
James added 10 rebounds and nine assists, just missing out on his second triple-double as a member of the Lakers.
"Honestly, I can't describe it", the Lakers center said of playing with James.
Butler pointed to the Timberwolves' lack of rebounding, particularly during a sequence in the final minute of Wednesday's loss.
James contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and calmed the nerves of his young colleagues down the stretch.
In typical Skip Bayless fashion, the TV personality says the Rockets' woes might help LeBron James and the Lakers sneak into the playoffs this season in the rugged Western Conference.