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The Los Angeles Lakers guards are working on ways to better mesh with star forward LeBron James, as detailed in a report from Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.
The list of Lakers’ backcourt players consists of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Troy Daniels and even two-way rookie Zach Norvell. There were also reports over the summer that new coach Frank Vogel will use James at point guard.
That’s not necessarily a major surprise, as James has had a tendency to bring the ball up the floor throughout for his entire career. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra even sometimes instructed his guards not to inbound the ball to James when James played for the Heat. Otherwise, the guards ran the risk of not getting the ball back.
Either way, Vogel must sort through his guards and find a way to incorporate them next to James, as well as new star big man Anthony Davis.
“We’re gonna try to use all of them,” Vogel said of the backcourt. “We have great depth. All these guys are able to come in and perform in big roles right now.
“There’s not a lot of guys, young guys, 20-year-olds or 18-year-olds, where we’re gonna have to say ‘we’re gonna have to wait on this guy’ or anything. These guys can all produce right now, so it’s gonna make my job difficult when it comes to divvying out minutes.”
The Lakers have missed the playoffs a franchise-record six straight seasons. They fully expect that streak to end — and then some.
But they know there’s a lot to figure out between now and when it matters most. Figuring out who fits next best to James will be a big part of it.