Should the Lakers make LeBron James a player-coach? | The Tylt
Should the Lakers make LeBron James a player-coach?
LeBron James might be the most gifted athlete to ever play in the NBA, but what makes him one of the greatest players ever is his intelligence. No one sees the angles, reads defenses and retains details like him and it only makes sense that he imparts that knowledge as a coach and player on the Lakers.
James is all about control. On the court, he loves to direct players where they need to be. Coaching is all about putting players in the best position to succeed and James can have full control of that process by cutting out the middle man and be a coach. He already does it right now anyway, so why not make it official?
Knowledge is just one part of coaching. LeBron James might be one of the smartest NBA players ever, but he doesn't have the patience to be a coach.
Like all great players, James demands a lot from the people around him. Players are more than willing to put in the effort but some have a lower threshold than others. Good coaches are able to be patient and help those players along. James might not be as willing to wait and dismantle a team when things aren't going his way. Kobe Bryant has just a good a basketball mind as James, but he knows he will never be an NBA coach because of that.
Coaches also have to put in inhumane hours in order to game plan and succeed. If James is already playing 35 minutes a game, he would be too exhausted to give the kind of time it would take in order to be a good coach.