The Lakers are facing at least eight more days without LeBron James as their superstar remains in health and safety protocols, and that leaves lots of gaps on the court that need to be filled. On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball”, a Silver Screen & Roll podcast, Sabreena Merchant and Harrison Faigen go over the myriad of ways that the Lakers will need to replace LeBron in the lineup.
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel remains unfazed by rumors swirling around claiming his future with the team has become uncertain. The Lakers‘ underwhelming run in form has got people speculating that Frank Vogel is likely to be fired as the team’s coach. However, after the Lakers’ stunning 117-92 win over the Sacramento Kings Tuesday, Vogel revealed that out of necessity, he had to “light a fire under his team,” implying that he will now be more imposing as a coach.
It’s a pretty clear signal of how this Lakers season has gone: LeBron James is out, and that’s becoming business as usual. The 36-year-old has played in just 11 of 23 possible games this season, never more than three games in a row. And now in the league’s COVID-19 protocols, it’s likely at least 10 days until the Lakers see James in person again, and perhaps more before he can suit up in a game.