Despite the many rumors of the transfer, right now it seems that Darvin Ham will start his time as coach of the Lakers with Russell Westbrook on the roster. Despite his superstar contract and the leading role with which he supposedly arrived at the team in 2021, Frank Vogel had many problems dealing with his presence on the track last year, since his fit in the team was less than optimal and his performance It wasn’t his best years. Faced with this situation, the Angelenos have given power to the new coach, who will be able to send the point guard to the bench whenever he deems it appropriate.
This assures at least Jovan Buha, a journalist from The Athletic, which ensures that Ham will have the ability to sit Westbrook down at the end of tight games or get him off the bench. Although Vogel already removed the point guard from the track at critical moments last year, rumors indicate that he did not do it more often for fear of the consequences, specifically in case Russell mentally disconnected from the team. This is a risk that Darvin will take as well, but everything indicates that the Lakers will take his side in case the player raises his voice.
All in all, the Angelenos’ favorite option is still to trade Westbrook, either to bring in Kyrie Irving from Brooklyn or Myles Turner and Buddy Hield from Indiana, but waiting for this to happen, they will have to manage what they have. in the template. Just as they gave Ham the power to make a squad of assistants to his liking, it seems that he will also have it with respect to his players, which denotes a remarkable confidence in the face of what will be his first season in charge of a bench of the NBA.
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