NBA – Darvin Ham, new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers: “There will be sacrifices that LeBron [James] will have to do”

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are watching the playoffs on TV. Or not, for that matter. One thing is certain: they do not participate. However, this trio is flashy. Constituted last summer with the recruitment of Westbrook, he gave birth to a bitter snub with Frank Vogel at the head of the Los Angeles Lakers. Darvin Ham, whose first position as head coach in the NBA, has the difficult task of succeeding him. Task that officially started on Monday.

The former Pistons player (champion in 2004) and assistant to Mike Budenholzer at the Bucks (2018-2022) was presented to the press in California. “It’s like a homecoming for me“, began by stating Ham, in reference to his beginnings as an assistant within an NBA franchise, at the Purple and Gold between 2011 and 2013. Then he got into the heart of the matter. what can go wrong in LA?

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Russell Westbrook is one of the best players our league has ever seen“, he swept, concerning the doubts that surround the compatibility of the “Brodie” with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who have already reached the Holy Grail, together, in 2020. The 2017 MVP is no longer the dominant player that ‘it was, but “there is still some in the tank“, according to his new coach, the 28th in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Russ [Westbrook] and I have already had very enlightening discussions and the main word that came out of it was ‘sacrifice'”, said Darvin Ham, quick to clarify that the former OKC point guard won’t be the only star to make concessions. No free pass, even for the “King”, he proclaims: “There will be sacrifices that LeBron [James] will have to do, that ‘AD’ [Anthony Davis] will have to do, like all the rest of the roster.”

To sacrifice does not mean to denature. Ham does not want to convert Westbrook (33): “I expect him to be the same tenacious, energetic player he has been throughout his career.“As for Anthony Davis (40 games in 2021-22), he sees him as a central element of the success, or failure, of “his” Lakers: “I think he is the key. We need him to be healthy (…) and at an NBA champion level.”

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