The Lakers’ preseason plan for LeBron James, per Frank Vogel
The NBA preseason is set to begin on Dec. 11, with the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Los Angeles Clippers to begin their exhibition schedule. While LeBron James could use some time to get acquainted with his new teammates, Frank Vogel doesn’t believe LeBron James will receive much playing time in the preseason.
“I would expect that we’ll see him some, but not a ton.”
We’re not even two months removed from the Lakers being crowned NBA champions after defeating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Nevertheless, after needing to make adjustments due to COVID-19, the NBA is proceeding with the upcoming season in December.
Throughout the shortened offseason, the defending NBA champions added a few notable pieces to their roster. It all began with Los Angeles orchestrating a trade that landed Dennis Schroder in exchange for Danny Green and a first-round pick.
Besides Schroder, the Lakers also bolstered their rotation with Wesley Matthews, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol. Of course, the recent extensions for both LeBron and Anthony Davis put cherries on top of this productive offseason.
With LeBron set to turn 36 years old on Dec. 30, the Lakers are going to give him as much rest as possible to keep him fresh for the games that matter. Despite not showing any signs of slowing down, LeBron has been able to prolong his career by taking care of his body on and off the floor, which includes him resting in certain games or practices.
Even though the lineup will look a bit different this season, Vogel isn’t concerned with LeBron not playing much in the preseason.