Lakers news: LeBron James will be 'a primary ball handler,' not point guard
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Lakers’ LeBron James will be ‘a primary ball handler,’ not point guard

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel clarified that LeBron James will not be the starting point guard in the upcoming season, but he confirmed that the four-time Most Valuable Player will have the ball most of the time.

There were reports that James will start as point guard for the retooled Lakers squad. However, Vogel said in an interview with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated that he is not sure where the report came from. He clarified that James will just be a primary ball handler, not the starting point guard.

“I’ve not made any decisions on starting lineups or exact roles or anything like that as was reported,” Vogel said. “That stuff will all play itself out. I just know that LeBron has been at his best with the ball in his hands and we’re going to make sure that that environment that he’s had the most success in his career is present here with this version of the Lakers.”

The first-year Lakers coach added that he will not make James to do “anything that he has not done his whole career” in the league. As for the starting lineup and exact roles of other players, Vogel insisted that he has not made any decision.