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Trevor Lane here senior writer for lakers nation dot com Your Home for everything Lakers The season is just about here as I speak.
We are less than 48 hours away from the pre season.
Starting up so excited.
Can't wait for Lakers basketball to finally be back in action.
But today I gotta talk a little bit about semantics, about exactly what we're calling LeBron James.
Is he really a point guard? Because this story won't die? And there are some interesting things going around about what LeBron's rule might be with the Lakers and what Frank Vogel is planning.
Plus, I need to talk about rage on Rondo.
I know he's not a favorite of Lakers fans.
Or at least most Lakers fans will talk a little bit about him and what he may be doing with the Lakers this season and why his role may be bigger, that a lot of people are comfortable with.
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Okay, so story come came out of training camp today involving LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the closing line up the death line up, if you will, a lineup that the Lakers are using to close out games.
This is what we saw today, and this was the line of those being used, says eyes from Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
LeBron James at point guard at the one Anthony Davis at the five.
Okay, so first of all, let's take that idiot.
The five part totally fine totally expected exactly what we thought would happen because, look, Anthony Davis has said he doesn't want to play center full term or full time.
He wants to play power forward.
It's it's less of a burden on his body.
The Lakers are onboard with it.
That's why they brought Dwight Howard in after they lost DaMarcus Cousins.
No problem there, but A D has said that he perfectly willing to play center for the closing minutes of the game.
Makes a lot of sense to have that kind of floor spacing out there to finish out the game because 80 can stretch all the way out to the three point line.
JaVale Dwight Howard? Not so much.
Okay, so 88 the five all good there. No problems.
But LeBron James, a point guard that probably will raise some eyebrows.
And this is a story that isn't new.
It actually came out right after the Lakers first hired Frank Vogel was that he was considering using LeBron James at point guard, and everybody flew into this.
This fury, this uproar what? LeBron James, a point guard.
You're changing his position and at this point is what 16 years in the n b. A.
And now you're changing his position to something else.
He's always been a small forward.
Maybe you call him a power forward.
And now suddenly you're changed yet? No, the same thing, Same as it's always been there.
Just changing with the title is it's semantics because here, listen, listen to this.
I had to laugh when I have read this part, okay? Besides using James at the one and Davis of the five, Vogel used a closing line up of Alex Caruso, contagious Caldwell, Pope and Avery Bradley with the first unit.
So the group on the floor was Caruso, KCP Bradley, LeBron Anthony Davis.
No one in their right mind would ever look at that grouping and say, Oh, clearly, LeBron's the point guard Alex Caruso was a point guard the entire last season.
That's what he's been his whole career.
Avery Bradley has played point guard at point at points during his career when he first came in with the Boston Celtics.
KCP is pretty good defending point guards.
You look at that.
You would not say LeBron is the point guard.
There's no way because typically we define players based on what the rule is on the other end, based on who they're guarding, not the offensive end of the floor.
That's not what we've done.
Historically, Derek Fisher is a great example of this.
He didn't initiate the Lakers offense most of the time. That was Kobe.
So should we have called Kobe the point guard then? Or how about Lamar Odom? Lamar Odom spent a decent amount of time initiating the Lakers often.
So is he, then the point guard, because he got the offense is going? No, it was Derek Fisher that was called the point guard because that's who he defended.
He defended the other team's point guard and height wise.
It happens to work that way.
So now you've got this grouping where typically you just go.
Okay, clearly, Alex Caruso is the point guard.
Or if the team really pushed it, you would say, Okay, Avery Bradley is the point guard, and Caruso's the two or whatever, however you want to do it.
But now we're suddenly watching onto this.
Old James is the point guard.
He's always been the point guard, if that's the way we want to look at it, if you want to look at whoever the initiator is and we're gonna call them the point guard, that's always been LeBron James because that's what his role is, and maybe this is a Ben Simmons thing, right? Because Ben Simmons usually doesn't defend point guards on the other end.
But that's clearly his role on the offensive end.
LeBron James is not a true point guard in that sense.
Yes, he initiates the offense, but he's not going to chase around Russell Westbrook on the other end of the floor.
You're gonna do that to him.
He's not gonna be chasing Damian Lillard or any of that.
The tiny quick point guards Kemba Walker.
He's not gonna do that.
That's why you've got Alex Caruso out there with him.
That's why you've got Avery Bradley out there with him.
If you want to call the Brown the point guard, that's fine.
But I don't want anybody to work.
Don't panic, don't think.
Oh my gosh, LeBron's role is changing completely.
No, it's the same thing.
I mean, look, hey, LeBron is gonna be running the offense late in the game.
You've got LeBron James, and you're going to give him the ball.
No, that's that's common sense.
That's not surprising to anyone again.
If you want to call LeBron James the point guard right now.
Then you might as well go back through his career and really re classify him as the point guard every single season because it's Oh, it's what he's always done.
Okay, Yes, Frankel was gonna add some new wrinkles and things like that, but calling LeBron James a point guard. It's just semantics.
Hey, he's not gonna be a point guard in traditional sense.
You're not gonna see him defending point guards on the other end of the floor, so don't worry, they're now.
Another thing that's got people worry, though, is Rajon Rondo, and he's the guy the lot of Lakers fans love to hate.
Despite a look, he had the moment of the season last year, right when he beat the Boston Celtics at the buzzer.
That was an amazing moment last season. He pulled that off.
But other than that, Rondo took a lot of grief, and deservedly so.
He was not good.
I mean, he was a bad player out there in terms of his defense, was not good offense, wasn't great, has zero grabbed even though he actually shot pretty well from 3 36% you will take that from Roger on Rondo but wasn't enough to actually pull out.
Opposing defense is, and then that kind of kills a lot of the reason why you would have somebody off the ball out there on the floor.
But this story goes that Rondo is getting a lot of minutes with starters that the starters have been Rondo and Danny Green, LeBron A D and JaVale.
So Rondo actually winning that starting role is actually the better player last year.
Avery Bradley has been drawing these rave reviews as a defender, and yet it's Rondo here who was one of the worst defensive guards in the league last season.
Who's out there playing for a defense of minded coach in Frank Vogel and getting a lot of minutes now? I have stressed, and I did this just the other day on a show that if you're gonna run Rondo out there, the best thing to do would be just split up him and LeBron James.
Because if Rondo is gonna bring anything for you, it's that he can run an offense with the ball in his hands.
He can hit people that are open.
He can hit open shooters.
That's something that he can do but off the ball, because he's playing with LeBron and the Browns obviously gonna have the ball.
He doesn't provide much value.
He probably is a negative.
He hurts you because defenders were gonna suck into the paint and he's gonna gum things up that way.
Well, Frank Vogel did mention this.
He said It's going to be important that we stagger Russian and LeBron and let them each have their own turn running the show, being the primary ball handler out there.
And obviously they're going to play a ton together as well found.
Don't Oh, yeah, that's the part that gets people, but staggering.
Those guys, guys is on my mind as well.
So Frank Vogel, what he's saying here about staggering them. Brilliant.
That's already something.
I thought in his head that, hey, if you're going to get the most out of Rondo at this point, you probably don't want to run him with LeBron Rondo as an off ball shooter probably isn't the way to go.
He had this comment the other day about Rondo becoming a Jason Kidd type player as faras Kid was late in his career, where he pretty much shot threes and played good defense, and that was it.
Runner doesn't play good defense at this point, so without getting that out of him doesn't make a lot of sense to put Rondo in the brown on the floor at the same time.
But obviously, they're going to play a ton together as well. That one stuck with me.
How many minutes exactly is run? They're going to be playing if you're going to stagger them, and that means that you're going to run Rondo out on the floor when the bronze resting.
But then they're also going to get a ton of minutes together.
How many minutes exactly is Rondo gonna get because I'm comfortable with, say, maybe 10 minutes, 15 minutes a night? Ferrando.
He's still a great leader.
He's a smart basketball player.
I don't want to speak to ill of him here because this is a guy who has earned respect in the league, a guy who has done great things in the n B A.
But the reality is that at this point, there's probably better options on the roster to be out there on the floor, eating most of the minutes.
You can still put him out there to run the offense.
You can still put him out there to to get some things done on that end of the floor.
But defensively, it wasn't great last season.
And again, who knows? He suffered some injuries.
Maybe he's better this season.
Maybe things things start to look better for him overall, but I'm gonna be skeptical until we see him really do it.
So I'm hoping maybe that Rondo has just been tearing up Cam and where voters were here a few days runaways.
And so we see all these minutes thrust home because right now, based on what we've seen last season, it wouldn't be a wise way to go.
You'd be better off putting those minutes somewhere else.
But again, it's early.
We don't jump to conclusions.
We could step back off the ledge.
If Rondo really is struggling, as much as some of us think that he might if he's given major minutes at some point, you think a defense first coach like Frank Vogel would would make a change okay somewhere? Maybe he continues to start, and he's just a starter name only.
Place a five minutes in the first quarter, a few minutes in the third quarter, and you know that's about all we see of him.
That's possible, too, just to throw in some respect because he's a veteran.
So I don't want to get too fired up about this at this point.
But it's something to keep an eye on throughout preseason.
How many minutes are given to Rondo, and is he just being kind of handed the starting role? And that how does he play compared to Caruso compared to Quinn Cook compared to Avery, Bradley and all these other players? Something to keep an eye on, something to watch and watch the quotes coming out about Rajon Rondo? Because that could be a big factor in what kind of success the Lakers have, especially on the defensive end of the floor this season.
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