Charles Barkley claims Lakers have to take LeBron James off the point guard spot
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has seen enough of LeBron James playing the point guard position for the Los Angeles Lakers, and it’s only been one game.
At a TNT press event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Barkley said the Lakers have to take LeBron off the point guard spot and play at a faster pace offensively:
TNT’s Charles Barkley: “The Lakers have to take LeBron off the point. They need to play at a much faster pace.” pic.twitter.com/KVukDjZPIm
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 23, 2019
James struggled on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers star finished with just 18 points in 36 minutes while shooting 7-of-19 from the field. LeBron had nine rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers as well.
The Lakers fell to the Clippers by a final score of 112-102. LeBron was outplayed by Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard, who put up 30 points in 32 minutes on an efficient 10-of-19 shooting from the floor.
Rajon Rondo didn’t play versus the Clippers due to a calf injury. A case can be made the Lakers should start Rondo at the point guard spot once he’s healthy and move James back to his usual small forward position.
Rondo has better handles than LeBron and is more accustomed to playing the floor general spot and pushing the pace off makes or misses.
The Lakers host the Utah Jazz on Friday. LeBron and Co. will look to get their first win of the season. We’ll see if Lakers head coach Frank Vogel takes Barkley’s advice and removes James from the point guard spot.