Darvin Ham took the LA Lakers to the Western Convention finals in his first yr as head coach. Ham was on the helm because the workforce roared from a 0.3% likelihood of creating the playoffs to battling the eventual champions within the convention finals. The previous NBA journeyman led the workforce to profitable the primary NBA In-Season Event.
The Lakers are 15-14 this season heading into their Saturday matchup towards the OKC Thunder. It is a greater win-loss document than their 13-16 document on the identical level final season. Nonetheless, Ham’s workforce is struggling, with many pondering he could also be within the high spot.
There’s already a listing of attainable replacements for Darvin Ham that has gone viral:
Phil Helpful: +350
Juwan Howard: +600
Jared Dudley: +750
Kenny Atkinson: +750
Sam Cassell: +750
Jamahl Mosley: +800
Quin Snyder: +800
JB Bickerstaff: +1000
Steve Clifford: +1000
Mike Brown: +1600
LeBron James: +2500
Skip Bayless: +100,000
Phil Helpful, considered one of LA’s assistant coaches, was reportedly one of many main candidates to amass Frank Vogel earlier than the entrance workplace chosen Darvin Ham. The next 10 choices are nonetheless concerned as head coaches or assistant coaches within the NBA. If Ham must be changed, it could not occur this season.
An fascinating identify within the combine is LeBron James, the face of the NBA and franchise famous person. The final time the league had a player-coach was in the course of the 1978-79 season. The late Dave Cowens had a 27-41 document in that capability with the Boston Celtics.
“King James” is the coach of the LA Lakers when he’s on the ground. Asking him to do it full-time and likewise work as a participant is likely to be an excessive amount of at this stage of his profession.
Lastly, there’s Skip Bayless, the longtime LeBron James critic on the checklist. The Lakers must be past determined to even contemplate him.
Darvin Ham’s offense is sputtering
LA Lakers GM Rob Pelinka has made changes to the roster to make it higher and extra balanced. They acquired Jaxson Hayes, Gabe Vincent, Taurean Prince, Cam Reddish and Christian Wooden within the offseason. Darvin Ham nonetheless has LeBron James, Austin Reaves, Anthony Davis and Rui Hachimura and D’Angelo Russell as key gamers.
With an all-star solid at their disposal, the Lakers are having a remarkably tough time on offense. Heading into their Saturday recreation towards the OKC Thunder, they rank twenty fourth in offensive effectivity. The Washington Wizards, who’ve gained simply 5 video games this season, are higher than them in that class.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are having improbable seasons and have been largely wholesome, however there may be trigger for concern because the workforce is struggling.
The LA Lakers additionally rank twenty fifth in three-point effectivity, the second-worst workforce in offensive rebounding, and backside 10 in turnovers. That mentioned, Darvin Ham’s workforce confirmed within the NBA In-Season Event that they’re nonetheless robust to beat.
In a knockout format, they’re as respectable title contenders as anybody. Nonetheless, a seven-game sequence may very well be one thing else fully if the offense continues to sputter. Ham is aware of the strain that comes with teaching the Lakers and has embraced it. His stint in Hollywood might rely upon how his workforce performs this season.