Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has come to the defence of head coach Frank Vogel as he has made it clear that the players need to step up and play better basketball. The Lakers, who have one of the most talented rosters in the NBA on paper, have a 12-12 record and sit at No.
8 in the Western Conference. The Lakers have struggled through the first 24 games and some think they should explore a coachng change. "I think criticism comes with the job, you know?" James said after practice on Monday.
"Frank is a strong-minded guy. He has a great coaching staff. And we as his players have to do a better job of going out and producing on the floor. We're a team and an organization that don't mind some adversity, that don't mind people saying things about us, obviously, because it comes with the territory."
James says Vogel doesn't care about the outside noise
"We have a lot of guys on this team that have been bulletin-board material for quite a long time, so it don't quite bother us," James said. "Everything that we do stays in house when it comes to our preparation and how we prepare for our next opponent and how we prepare to get better.
Frank doesn't care and we don't either about what people are saying." Last Tuesday, James was forced to miss a game against the Sacramento Kings because his COVID-19 test returned as positive. James tested negative a few days later and returned to the court on Friday.
"Usually when you have a positive test, they'll test you right away to make sure," James said. "There was not a follow-up test after my positive test. It was straight to isolation and you've been put into protocol.
That's the part that kind of angered me. I had to figure out a way to get home from Sacramento by myself. They wouldn't allow anyone to travel with me, no security, no anything, when I traveled back from Sacramento. "And then I had to put my kids in isolation for the time being, the people in my household in isolation for the time being, so it was just a big-time inconvenience.
That was the anger part." James thought his test was false positive. "No, this process ... we've all been doing exactly what the protocols have told us to do and taking the tests and things of that nature," James said.
"It's unfortunate when you get a false positive and you get put right into isolation. That's just the unfortunate part. But we'll see what happens."