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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

LeBron James shows support for Frank Vogel at first press conference

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LeBron James gave a public show of support for new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.

Vogel was introduced Monday morning as the new Lakers head coach. LeBron was among the people in attendance as he was hanging out in the back of the room for it:

Though it may not seem like much, that’s symbolically a big move.

James is regarded as a superstar powerful enough to determine the fate of a coach. If he is not pleased with a coach, the team would be likely to fire the coach in response. That seems to have been part of the reason Luke Walton lost his job. If he showed no respect for the new coach, there would be very little chance of that new coach succeeding.

Instead, by attending the press conference, James seems to be showing respect for the coach, which is a sign he will give him a chance. In fact, Vogel says he has already had a positive conversation with James. He’s also expecting a big bounceback season from the star.

The Lakers are coming off a 37-45 season that saw them miss the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Vogel and James will work to try and end that streak next season.

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