Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982 in Hanford, California) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. Standing 7'1", he plays for the Chicago Bulls at the power forward and center positions.
Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Los Angeles. As a 6'11" freshman, he was profiled by 60 Minutes on CBS. He earned accolades from Parade Magazine, USA Today and was selected to the McDonald's High School All-America Team. Chandler led Dominguez to a state championship before declaring as an early entry candidate in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Chandler was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to the Chicago Bulls for former NBA Rookie of the Year Award recipient Elton Brand. The Bulls intended to pair Chandler with fellow high school phenom Eddy Curry in the frontcourt. However, while both players had stretches of success during their time with the Bulls, they rarely coincided. In Chandler's case, back problems were a recurring issue throughout his career, particularly during the 2003-04 season. His mental approach was an issue as well. During the early part of his career, Chandler feuded with Brendan Haywood of the Washington Wizards and Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns. Later, although the feuds became less frequent, Chandler struggled with foul trouble, which limited his playing time.
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Chandler also played a major role in the resurgent Bulls' playoff run in the 2004-05 NBA season. Finding a role as a fourth quarter defensive specialist, with notable game-saving blocks against stars like Paul Pierce. He was rewarded with a long term deal to remain with the Chicago Bulls for the next six years, reported to be worth close to 60 million dollars.Chandler got married in the offseason of 2005. Several NBA players attended, including teammate Ben Gordon, and high school teammate Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons. With Curry's departure after the 2004-05 season, Chandler became the last member on the Bulls left from the Jerry Krause era.