Frank Vogel on LeBron James in Orlando practices: “He’s playing at a really high level”

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Mar 8, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shakes hands with head coach Frank Vogel in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, I’m not too sure if “Father Time” will ever catch up to LeBron James. The 35-year-old four-time MVP is currently in the midst of his 17th season, with that 17-year career being even more detrimental to his body with all of the extended playoff runs that LeBron has had in his career. It’s no secret that LeBron stays in shape all year long, putting an emphasis on his workouts and diet that is nearly unheard of in all sports.

Still, no one is immune to the effects that COVID-19 has had on the world. Who knows if the disruption in routine for The King and the subsequent four-month absence of the season would cause LeBron to lose a little bit of his conditioning. Frank Vogel says, without question, that didn’t happen (h/t Mike Trudell of the Lakers and Spectrum SportsNet).

*On how LeBron James looks at practices in the Orlando bubble*
“Outstanding. It’s really remarkable how he’s been able to stay in shape, stay ready, to be sharp as if there wasn’t a layoff at all. He’s playing at a really high level.”

To be honest, even though you can never be too sure with COVID-19 around, LeBron James showing up in shape to the bubble couldn’t have been a more guaranteed bet. It’s no secret that championships are the motivation for LeBron, and the Lakers have one of the best chances at a ring this season amongst the other teams in the NBA. I’m sure he was thinking of the Larry O’Brien trophy the entire time while staying in shape in quarantine. To expect anything different from LeBron is crazy.

We’ll get a good look at LeBron in a week, as the Lakers’ first scrimmage will be televised on Spectrum SportsNet. After that, the season kicks off on July 30th. Get ready, Lakers fans.

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