“This Guy’s a Freak, He Wants to Be Out There”: Lakers Assistant Coach Not Worried About Lebron James’ Increasing Minutes on the Floor

Published 12/22/2021, 1:26 AM EST
Dec 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James, the star performer for the Los Angeles Lakers, is now 36 years old. He is no longer the dominating 20-year-old beast that ruled the court. His average time on the court has now become a cause of concern.

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Initially, in all of his games, he played for 40 minutes without hesitation.

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Nevertheless, he must take care of his health while putting everything into the match and going out of his comfort zone. Although he has been giving his best in this 18-season period, there might be a reason why the injuries are more frequent now.

Meanwhile, Frank Vogel is not in the league as a result of the protocols due to the pandemic. The interim coach David Fizdale spoke about his trust in James.

Fizdale appears very confident about LeBron James’ performance

In a conversation with Lakers coach David Fizdale about James’ timing on the court or if this is his best shot, he said that he has no choice.

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This was his response to the question posed to him:

“LeBron don’t give us a choice! What you talking ’bout? LeBron is like ‘put me out there.’ This guy is a freak, man. It’s so cool being with him again… He just wants to be out there competing. And so if he sees a situation where we’re down or where he would normally come out, but it’s right there and he’s like ‘I feel OK — like in Chicago, I said ‘just let me know,’ but he felt good, and he just kept saying ‘I want to stay in here. I want to stay in here.’” 

Continuing with this, he mentioned that he will only be there until Vogel returns after abiding with all the protocols. In his capacity as an assistant coach, he will only guide the team.

Additionally, he said that the medical team will go with their viewpoint since he cannot deny that. Despite this, Fizdale did not seem worried about James’ game right now.

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Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy Reuters

As far as LeBron James is concerned, it doesn’t make any difference as he will still be as good as ever. In Fizdale’s statement, he said, sometimes James wants to take an extra minute in between the Lakers games, as we saw in the game in Chicago.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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