In the absence of LeBron James during the Lakers’ game against the Spurs, Russell Westbrook was given leading charge. Laker’s coach Frank Vogel replaced Russ with Rajon Rondo until the last three minutes of the first quarter. However, it was only with Akron Hammer’s help that the Lakers really took off in Q1.
LeBron James, on the other hand, acted as an informal head coach for his team. With the Lakers only having a slight lead in Q2, James pulled Malik Monk to the sideline to give him a few quick pointers.
Dressed in a completely casual outfit, LeBron even looked the part of coach. Soon after James’ coaching, the Lakers took on a 48-42 lead. James didn’t play the game, but he was still in it.
Vogel has often invited criticism with his offbeat rotation ideas. It seems that putting Russ and Rondo on the court together may not have been the best idea. However, this game did Russ and Anthony Davis build better chemistry. Check out this clip of coach LeBron.
It’s great to see LeBron step up like this. We’ll have to see if he takes more control of the Lake Show moving forward.
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