Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is excited to coach veteran center Tyson Chandler again.

D’Antoni was a strong advocate to bring Chandler to Houston. D’Antoni coached Chandler with the New York Knicks. The big man will back up Clint Capela on the Rockets.

Like Mike D’Antoni says, Tyson Chandler is a great guy to have in your locker room. He’s seen just about everything in the NBA and doesn’t pull any punches.

Chandler, who is now 36, has career averages of 8.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 1,134 NBA games with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He was the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year with the Knicks.

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Chandler also won the 2011 championship with the Mavs over LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. He joins James Harden and Russell Westbrook as the only players on the Rockets with Finals experience.

Chandler split time this past season with the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He put up 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 55 games while shooting 61.6 percent from the field. Chandler will help the Rockets the most on the defensive end. He figures to get most of his baskets on put-back dunks and lobs from Harden and Westbrook.