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Offense & Forced Shots Under Luke Walton Reportedly 'Discouraged' LeBron James

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Offense & Forced Shots Under Luke Walton Reportedly 'Discouraged' LeBron James

Now that the Lakers announced Frank Vogel as their new head coach, some look back at what the team was like last season and according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Luke Walton’s offense lacked structure, which forced shots and left LeBron James ‘discouraged.’

“Walton explicitly did not set up the Lakers’ offense this way. In Walton’s offense, any of four ballhandlers on the court could get it and go. If the ball made it to LeBron’s hands, great. If not, so be it. LeBron took over the offense on his own, but there was no “structure.” He didn’t love it. Sources close to LeBron said that the lack of structure on offense, and the bad, forced shots some of his younger teammates took, discouraged him.”

At his introductory press conference, Vogel explained what his scheme for LeBron James would be: “generally, we are looking to bring more structure to what we’re doing.”

Lakers reporter Mike Trudell explained that Vogel’s plan for his new team involves the 3-point line and analytics.

“Asked Frank Vogel if his approach has evolved from Indiana days through Orlando: “There’s been a major evolution stylistically about the way I want to play.” He cited analytics and the 3-point line as changes; still believes defending inside at the rim to out is key.”

It will be interesting to see how the Lakers rebuild their roster. There are still plenty of questions regarding who will stay, who will go and who will sign with them but having more structure will likely please LeBron James. Jazz Sports has the Lakers at +1700 betting odds to win the NBA Championship next season.

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