The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to begin four-time MVP LeBron James at the point guard this season. The 6-foot-8 forward is supposedly starting with newly signed veteran guard Danny Green in the new look backcourt of the Lakers.
LeBron is no stranger to the role of the point guard. He has regularly played the position of point-forward over his 16-year career. But this would be the first time a team has planned to begin him on the opening night at the point guard.
The Lakers have been busy this offseason adding talent to surround LeBron, who played a career-low 55 games last season and hasn’t reached the finals for the first time since 2011. According to Haynes, the 34-year-old is in “excellent form without constraints.”
In addition, the Lakers have officially added Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley and Troy Daniel. They also have deals with guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.
New coach Frank Vogel hopes the move to point guard will help LeBron “unleash another element” to his game.
The Lakers have not only been busy with their roster, but also with their coaching lineup. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollis is reportedly joining Vogel’s staff, per a report in early June. The Lakers are also hiring Jason Kidd as an assistant to round out the coaching staff in Los Angeles.
Vogel stated that in his introductory news conference, he likes having former players on his staff with coaching experience.