Lakers are losing and their offense ranks last in the bubble. Is the problem mental?

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He had been their ironman the last two seasons, having played in all 69 games this season and all 82 last season.

"He's fine," coach Frank Vogel said via videoconference Sunday. "Everything came back clean."

Because his team has spent so much time together in the bubble and away from their families, Vogel said he knows that can weigh on players. But he hasn't issued a mandate that they spend time apart for their mental well-being.

"I have thought about it, though," Vogel said.

The NBA's virtual fan experience has allowed the Lakers to stay connected with family in a small way. The league teamed with Microsoft Teams so fans can be seen behind a team's bench in a courtside seat on a 17-inch LED screen.

McGee, who had family members sitting in the virtual stands during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, called it "some 'Black Mirror'-type stuff," referencing the popular British science fiction series.


When the Lakers played Indiana on Saturday, Vogel had his daughter Arianna as a virtual fan. Vogel thought it would be cool because he coached the Pacers for five-plus seasons and "because obviously my daughters were raised in Indiana and it was an opportunity for a lot of their friends back in Indy to see them."

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