That's right: Lord forgive James, but it's time to get back to the old LeBron by tossing a headband on.
The Lakers' newest big man got to represent his hometown Wednesday night for the first time in his 18 National Basketball Association seasons, and he came up bigger and better than even he expected in a hard-fought win. Brandon Ingram scored 20 points for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in the past four games.
LeBron James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Kyle Kuzma scored six of his 21 points in the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers' 114-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Former Suns center Tyson Chandler has become the latest veteran to sign up with the Lakers. It seems lately that the young team is combusting under the pressure associated with playing alongside the greatest player in the world-a player who expects success just as much as others expect it of him.
Magic Johnson has said that Walton's job is safe for now and that he'll finish out the year as head coach (granted nothing "drastic" happens, whatever that may mean), but the addition of Chandler certainly helps his chances of having more than just this year to work for the organization.
One thing that isn't open for debate - the Lakers needed Chandler on Wednesday night.
"I love this city the way they love me", Chandler said to McMenamin.
Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose put in yet another outstanding performance with 31 points that included 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight and remain winless on the road.
The Lakers next face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday and then take on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Typically, veterans on struggling teams like Chandler get waived around mid-season, when we have a good idea of what teams are playoff bound and what their needs are.