Frank Vogel on managing LeBron James’ minutes

LeBron James, Frank Vogel
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LeBron James has to take even more responsibility on the Los Angeles Lakers as Anthony Davis is ruled out for at least several weeks.

Moreover, the defending NBA champions had to play without their starting point guard Dennis Schroder in their latest game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said postgame that the team is monitoring LeBron’s load and making sure he stays healthy. “Well, there’s a trust element for sure. He’s got to play his game and we got to find ways where he can impact the game with less energy: putting him at the elbow, putting him at the low post where he’s not running a million pick ‘n’ rolls,” Vogel said.

“Just try to manage it that way. But he’s got a great feel for that. If he needs a blow, he’s going to get himself out or ask for a sub. We’re looking at those types of ways to within his minutes make sure he’s not carrying too much of a load.”

The four-time NBA champion played 33 minutes against Brooklyn, scoring 32 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing 7 assists.