Saturday, May 15, 2021
CLOSE
 
The Return of LeBron James Brings Another Shift in Player’s Roles
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports writer
Published May 1, 2021

Lakers center Andre Drummond (20 scored 17 points against the Sacramento Kings (Twitter photo)

Lakers star LeBron James returned to the lineup against the Sacramento Kings. Although the Sacramento Kings defeated the Lakers 110-106, James earned 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

During the six weeks he was out, James spent most of his time rehabbing his ankle. He participated in no-contact, individual workouts. He has not practiced with the team; this makes in-season games a form of practice.

“I feel pretty good,” James said. “As far as my ankle, my ankle was a little tight at times just doing different movements, different things that I haven’t done.”

ADVERTISEMENT

With James back in the lineup, players’ roles and minutes must be adjusted. James’ return impacts guard Dennis Schröder, according to forward Anthony Davis.

“For the past seven weeks, [Schröder] was the primary ball handler,” Davis said. “Now [James] comes back, now this role changes, just trying to adjust and get used to each other again.”

The matchup was the first-time center Andre Drummond played alongside James. Drummond noted how communication is imperative for them to succeed.

“I got a chance to talk to [James] and ask him how he likes to pick and roll,” Drummond said. “He pulled me aside and said “I like when you hold the screen” so, I did in the next play and he knocked down a big three for us.”

In order to get acclimated to Drummond and guard Ben McLemore, extra minutes on the court and off will be quintessential.

“The more minutes that we get on the floor with our full unit now that we have will only help us,” James said. “Every opportunity, film sessions, shoot arounds … we got to get better from here.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The Lakers have nine in-season games left. Head coach Frank Vogel believes the next few games will be a challenge. The reigning champions faced similar challenges during their time in the Bubble last year.

“What we saw last year, it was bumpy going into the playoffs,” Vogel said. “Just have a growth mindset during this stretch and still prepare for success.”

Categories: Basketball | Sports
Tags: | | | |

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!



Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
88 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.
SEARCH:    
Videos


Black Fact of the Day


Photo of the Day

Events

LA Sentinel
in your pocket:





TOS-Cookbook-Web

LA Watts Times

 
© 2021 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

AboutArchivesContact UsCorrections & MisprintsMedia Kit

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »