Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel offered some insight into which players will take the court for Wednesday’s preseason game, with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook being ruled out again.
Frank Vogel says LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are not playing against the Suns tomorrow. Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony are playing. Vogel is planning on resting DeAndre Jordan or Dwight Howard, but hasn’t decided yet.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) October 5, 2021
Not playing James and Westbrook and playing Anthony Davis for only 11 minutes vs. the Nets obviously skewed the results of that loss. However, Vogel clearly is more concerned with making sure they are ready for what he hopes will be another long season.
Carmelo Anthony is still in the midst of establishing chemistry with his new Lakers teammates, which helps explain why the 37-year-old will play.
DeAndre Jordan saw 17 minutes of action against the Nets and may be rested since Dwight Howard got himself ejected from the game on Sunday.
The Lakers will begin the regular season on Oct. 19 against the Golden State Warriors.