LeBron James’ versatility on the floor is unrivaled, perhaps in all of NBA history. But when reports surfaced that the Los Angeles Lakers planned to use him as a point guard this season, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel felt he had to respond.
Per Bleacher Report, in an interview during Summer League on Wednesday, Vogel shot down the rumors and stated that no decisions have been made on the lineup yet. As for the idea of LeBron playing point guard, he made it clear that there was “no imminent plan” for him to start there.
“Everybody’s sort of pieced together our starting lineup. There is no decisions made on our starting lineup… No imminent plan to start LeBron at the point guard spot. A lot of different lineups and combinations have been discussed, but it’s really way too early for any of that.”
The statement from Vogel comes on the heels of a report earlier this week from Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes that the Lakers would be trying him at the position.
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Los Angeles gave up a lot in their trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis. They also hoped to secure another max free agent like Kawhi Leonard with the extra spot they opened up.
But after missing out on several free agents in the ultimately futile hope of landing Kawhi, the Lakers are a bit thin at several positions.
LeBron has played at shooting guard, power forward and small forward throughout his career, but rarely as a primary starting point guard.
While Vogel seems to have put the notion to bed for now, it may not be the last we hear of it.