I can confirm through multiple sources that the decision to pick up D’Antoni’s option next season was owner Tilman Fertitta’s, NOT Morey’s. It should also be noted that the decision to hire D’Antoni was former owner Les Alexander’s. This story is interesting from all three perspectives. From Morey’s perspective, he has to feel that an NBA executive with his pedigree should be able to hire the head coach to coach his team.
The Lakers coach specifically spoke about what he believes is different about LeBron now as a player as opposed to who he was earlier on in his career. He also talked about James’ shot-making ability and contrasted that with the time he spent battling LeBron and the Miami Heat as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Vogel provided the following commentary to Lakers.com who shared the video interview on Twitter. “In terms of what’s different about LeBron James now versus then is players like that grow throughout their career,” Vogel told Lakers.com. “They develop a wisdom on the basketball court where everything is a little slower for them mentally than it is for everyone else who’s speeding up and frenetic, and you can see that with his game.