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

Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:45 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 23, 2019 10:45 PM UTC

Former Lakers head coach Luke Walton and LeBron James seemingly struggled to co-exist at times and a recent report suggests that the situation may have been even more complicated than originally thought.

<div><p>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.'</p><p><em>"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."</em></p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;LeBron James getting some shots in as he waits for Frank Vogel to finish his interviews. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/BldUSbggpV\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/BldUSbggpV&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ArashMarkazi/status/1130547186247249922?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 20, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>At his introductory press conference, Vogel explained what his scheme for LeBron James would be: <em>"generally, we are looking to bring more structure to what we're doing."</em><br /><br />Lakers reporter Mike Trudell explained that Vogel's plan for his new team involves the 3-point line and analytics.</p><p><em>"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."</em></p><p>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. <a href="https://a.sportsbookreview.com/record/v?c=133&amp;a=32d23ae6-903d-4dc8-a10e-a630923de1c0&amp;f=3" target="_blank">Jazz Sports</a> has the Lakers at +1700 <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" target="_blank">betting odds</a> to win the NBA Championship next season.</p><p><strong><u>Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship<br />(Courtesy of Jazz Sports)</u></strong></p><p>Golden State Warriors +180</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks +325</p><p>Boston Celtics +600</p><p>Houston Rockets +850</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers +900</p><p>Los Angeles Clippers +1500</p><p>New York Knicks +1500</p><p>Los Angeles Lakers +1700</p><p>Toronto Raptors +1700</p><p>Oklahoma City Thunder +2000</p><p>Denver Nuggets +2000</p><p>Brooklyn Nets +2500</p><p>Portland Trail Blazers +3500</p><p>Utah Jazz +3500</p><p>Dallas Mavericks +4500</p><p>San Antonio Spurs +5250</p><p>Indiana Pacers +7250</p><p>Orlando Magic +8000</p><p>Atlanta Hawks +8000</p><p>Chicago Bulls +8000</p><p>Sacramento Kings +8000</p><p>Charlotte Hornets +25000</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers +25000</p><p>Detroit Pistons +25000</p><p>Memphis Grizzlies +25000</p><p>Miami Heat +25000</p><p>Minnesota Timberwolves +25000</p><p>New Orleans Pelicans +25000</p><p>Phoenix Suns +25000</p><p>Washington Wizards +25000</p></div>
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