Frank Vogel on J.R. Smith: “I think he’s really going to help us”

BOSTON, MA – MAY 25: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers gestures in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers will be making their way to Orlando soon, albeit without a player who was in the starting lineup for most of the season when healthy. That player is, of course, Avery Bradley, who will not be attending the season resumption due to health concerns for him and his family from a possible contraction of COVID-19. Dwight Howard officially announced he will be returning, making Bradley the only player that the Lakers will be missing. To cover his absence on the roster, the Lakers signed J.R. Smith, the three-point shooting guard who hasn’t played in almost two years, most recently being on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018-19 season.

Frank Vogel was asked about Smith yesterday, specifically about Smith’s conditioning. Vogel disspelled any worries about that, continuing on to give Smith some big praise (transcribed and reported by Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll).

Vogel’s comments at the end look at Smith’s most attractive ability. The ability to drain three-after-three. J.R. Smith even said that his focus will simply be on getting to those corners and wings to shoot threes while also defending at a high level (reported by Mike Trudell of Spectrum Sportsnet).

Danny Green also commented on J.R. Smith, saying the following:

It seems as though everyone is excited for Smith to be on the team. He will almost assuredly fit in with the veteran-heavy roster of the Lakers, especailly considering his connection to the Lakers’ best player, LeBron James. It’s also great to see that Smith understands what his role will be on the team at such an early stage. He might not get too much playing time in the playoffs, but if/when he does he won’t be expected to handle the ball too much. Instead, LeBron James and the other ball handlers will be hoping for Smith to dive to this wings and corners to show why his nickname is “Swish”. If he does that, then some good defense will just be icing on the cake.

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