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NBA Draft 2001: Wednesday, June 27
Tyson Chandler

Tyson Chandler
No. 2 pick, Los Angeles Clippers;
Chandler's rights were traded to Chicago

Q: Your mom was crying.

Chandler: Yeah. She's fine. I think it was just hot for a second. She was real excited that I was going to be home, and she was going to take care of me.

Q: How are you?

Chandler: I'm fine. I'm going to be all right wherever I go. I'm going to work hard and do the things I have to do.

Q: How did you react to the trade?

Chandler: I was just shocked. I was set back. I had to sit back in my chair like, "Are you serious?" But it's fun. It's the league, trades are going on. It makes it really exciting.

Q: What do you think of the Bulls?

Chandler: They are a great organization. They have to make a turnaround, and I think drafting me and Eddy (Curry) is going to help do that.

Q: You competed against Eddy, now all of a sudden you are teammates.

Chandler: It's ironic. It's a great opportunity because we are two high school players, so we can learn and grow together. Also, we'll be there for each other emotionally.

Q: Talk about being traded for Elton Brand.

Chandler: That's a great player. Those are some big shoes to fill. But I'm not going to go in there with that attitude. I'm going to go in there and be Tyson Chandler.

Q: What position do you see yourself playing?

Chandler: I see myself playing three positions, depending on the lineup and the team that we are facing. I see myself playing three positions. I know I have to beef up, and I plan on doing that. I have a lot of time before the season starts and I think I can put on a lot more weight.

Q: What kind of team do you think Chicago will be?

Chandler: It's going to be a great team. We are going to be really exciting. We are all really athletic. I think we'll do a little run and gunning. We are going to be all right.


Q: How would you describe the atmosphere out there?

Chandler: It was electric. It was real exciting. It was like a national championship game or something, except it's a little more because it has to do with your livelihood. I'm just really excited right now, and I'm just trying to take it all in.

Q: Did you notice the people walking toward you to hand you the hat?

Chandler: No, I didn't notice them because I was looking forward. I noticed them when they went around Kwame, so I knew he was the first pick. But then when it came to me, I'm looking and didn't see them. Then he called my name and my heart just dropped.

Q: Are you relieved you won't have to worry about doing your laundry?

Chandler: That's going to be lovely that I still have my mom to take care of me.

Q: How familiar are you with the Clippers?

Chandler: Very familiar. I went to a lot of games this year and had a chance to watch them. I'm friends with a couple of the players.

Q: Any disappointment with not being No. 1?

Chandler: No, it doesn't matter. I'm playing in the National Basketball Association. It's just overwhelming.

Q: Is it a relief going to a team that already has drafted a high school player in Darius Miles?

Chandler: The good thing is they are real youthful, so they can show me the ropes -- the ins and outs. What not to do and what to do. So it will be a little easier transition.

Q: Did you have sense of two high school guys going 1-2?

Chandler: No. It's wild. I know it has to be real wild for you guys, too. It's the first time anything like this has ever happened. And I'm pretty sure there's a couple more that will come up pretty soon.

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