Tyson Chandler is a basketball player competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Center Tyson Chandler makes his Olympic debut in London, where the U.S. men's basketball team aims to defend the gold medal it won at the 2008 Games. Chandler first suited up for Team USA at the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, in which the U.S. went 10-0 and qualified for the Beijing Olympics; he averaged 2.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. Chandler was among the pool of players in consideration for the next summer's Olympic squad, but ultimately was not selected. He returned to Team USA for the 2010 World Championships, which the U.S. also won. But his role remained limited, averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game.

No matter his role, Chandler is honored to represent his country. "It was an incredible experience. A very humbling, honorable experience," he said about first suiting up for the national team. "You get a chance to be around the top players in the NBA, top coaches in the NBA, and obviously Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski). It was just an incredible situation to be able to represent your country." Chandler is proud to represent the U.S. not just for himself, but for his family as well. "When you put the jersey on, you think about your parents, your grandparents, your family. And this is an opportunity you think about your country, but it's an opportunity to represent your family, your country, and it's an amazing honor," he says.

At 29 years old, Chandler is already an 11-year NBA veteran. He was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, who immediately traded him to the Chicago Bulls, for whom Chandler played five seasons. He then spent three years in New Orleans, one season in Charlotte, the 2010-11 season with Dallas, helping the Mavericks win their first NBA championship, and this past season with the New York Knicks. Chandler was selected as the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for 2011-12, after which he was named to his second straight All-Defensive Second Team. He also led the league in field goal percentage (67.9) this past season, and he was the NBA's top rebounder in 2006-07 (12.4 rpg) and 2007-08 (11.7 rpg). For his career, Chandler averages 8.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Chandler was drafted directly out of high school following an outstanding prep career at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif. As a senior, he was named to the Parade Magazine All-American First Team, the USA Today All-USA Second Team, and became the USA Today California State Player of the Year. He led Dominguez to a 31-4 record, its third straight state championship and a USA Today No. 8 national ranking, as he averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks per game. As a junior, Chandler put up 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in helping Dominguez to the country's No. 1 ranking and the USA Today High School National Championship.

Chandler picked up the game in his childhood on a farm, shooting into a basket that his grandfather nailed to a tree. However, basketball came after getting up early to take care of chores on the farm. Chandler, his two brothers and his mother moved to San Bernadino when Tyson was nine, and later to Compton so he could attend Dominguez, a noted basketball school. Chandler had reached seven feet tall by the time he entered high school, leading the national TV show 60 Minutes to do a segment on him. These days, Chandler and his wife, Kimberly, have three children: Sacha, Tyson Cleotis II and Sayge.


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Age: 34 years old
Birthday: October 2, 1982
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Full Name / Real Name: Tyson Cleotis Chandler
Birthplace: Hanford, CA
Hometown: Compton, CA
Current Residence: New York, NY

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