Lakers News: Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd to Coach Team LeBron in 2020 All-Star Game

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05:  LeBron James #23 looks at head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California.  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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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LeBron James will have his head coach for the All-Star Game. 

With the Los Angeles Lakers win Thursday night, Frank Vogel and his staff, including assistant coach Jason Kidd, will coach Team LeBron at the All-Star Game on Sunday, February 16:

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter

Anthony Davis said Frank Vogel and his staff absolutely deserve the below honor of coaching the All-Star game, that they’ve been great all year providing structure and game plans on a day-to-day basis. https://t.co/nISutbiEmC

The 36-9 Lakers hold the best record in the Western Conference, 4.5 games ahead of the Utah Jazz (31-13) and five games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers (31-14). Only the scorching-hot Milwaukee Bucks (39-6) have a better record this season. 

James, meanwhile, was the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference, making him one of two team captains.

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 16th #NBAAllStar appearance and serving as a team captain for the 3rd year in a row... LeBron James of the @Lakers! Drafted as the 1st pick in 2003 out of Akron, Ohio, @KingJames is averaging 25.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 10.8 APG for the Lakers (#1 in West) this season. https://t.co/RR2kCfVO5I

Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the other captain. 

James looked the part Thursday night, torching the Brooklyn Nets in a 128-113 win:


27 PTS | 12 REB | 10 AST The King couldn’t be stopped against the Nets 👑 https://t.co/snR6pYdvr9

James is having yet another vintage season, though he's remaining cagey as to who he might select with his first pick. James jokingly said on TNT Thursday night that he's not sold on selecting his teammate Anthony Davis with the selection:  


“I don’t know if I like him like that.” AD isn’t a lock for LeBron’s first pick 😂 https://t.co/aSETNTWibL

James famously selected Davis last year, amidst Davis' desire to be traded away from the New Orleans Pelicans and with rumors swirling the Lakers were hot on his trail. 

"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo famously asked, causing James to laugh.

"Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend," James quipped in response. 

The Lakers eventually got their man this offseason, and if James selects Davis for this year's All-Star Game, it won't carry quite the same weight. But both men will have a familiar coaching staff during the game if they end up paired together.