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Lakers’ Frank Vogel explains ‘greatest sign’ that LeBron James is a leader

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Led by LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers are now back in the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade. The King has been a true leader for the Lakers this 2019-20 season and more so in their run to the Finals.

Head coach Frank Vogel revealed that the greatest sign of LeBron James’ leadership is his support for his coach. The 47-year old admitted that the trust that the 10-time finalist has given him has been huge for the entire team.

Via Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

Timing matters. Vogel was unlucky that his best Pacers teams came around the same time LeBron joined Dwyane Wade in Miami. But he’s lucky to have been delivered this version of James, who is satisfied with his surrounding roster and desperate for a fourth championship. LeBron has been a committed defensive player and a trusted ear from the first day of camp, something that hasn’t always been the case for past coaches.

“He’s been invaluable in terms of buy-in,” Vogel said. “His support of me has meant everything for our group. That’s the greatest sign of a leader — one that supports a coach.”

When the Lakers hired Frank Vogel this past summer, there were rumblings that he may not last long in his gig with the Purple and Gold. Nearly a year later, Vogel has proven to be a key, yet underrated, component of the Lakers’ success this season. Certainly, he has earned the trust of James as well.

The New Jersey native has been the architect of transforming Los Angeles into an elite defensive team. LeBron James’ full commitment on that end of the floor has certainly helped make coaching on the sidelines smooth for Vogel so far.