Lakers coach Frank Vogel defends LeBron James decision to depart early

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James drew criticism for his decision to leave the court with over five minutes remaining in regulation during his team's Game 5 blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

And now, his coach is coming to his aid.

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Lakers coach Frank Vogel explained that James was returning to the locker room early to begin treatment on his ankle:

“In terms of LeBron going in the back, LeBron had to start his treatment,” Vogel said after the game. “It doesn't do any good for him to sit over there without getting worked on or beginning the treatment as soon as possible to help him get ready for Game 6.”

The Suns lead their series by a 3-2 advantage, and can close out the Lakers in Game 6 tomorrow night.

– – Quotes via USA Today Link – –

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  1. LeBron James is just a BIG whining crybaby with a sore loser mentality. He whines on every call that doesn’t go his way. People need to stop making excuses for him.

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