Everything is in the hands of the New Lakers coach Darvin Ham now. We see that earlier Colin Cowherd had commented something. Cowherd told the audience that Draymond Green was the ever-helpful teammate. However, he made sure that he could drag NBA players like Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and John Wall into this. According to him, none of these players ever did anything to help their teammates, declared Cowherd. But Green did. We understand that this is a biased statement by him. Let’s know more about what happened next.
Quick Peek at Darvin Ham
Darvin Ham Sr. was born on July 23, 1973. Firstly, we know that he is an American professional basketball coach. Secondly, we know that he was a former player. But now he is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Thirdly, Darvin Ham played eight seasons in the NBA from 1996 to 2005. Fourthly, later he played for the Philippine Basketball Association and NBA Development League until 2008. He won an NBA championship after playing with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. So we understand that he has a pretty great record as a player.
What Happens Next?
Firstly, we see that Brandon Rahbar protested this statement before the public. Secondly, we know that he is the Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer. Thirdly, we see that he showed everyone many statistics to prove that he was right. Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant had performed in some of the best seasons along with their teammate Russell Westbrook. However, the Warriors did not favor Draymond Green so much in 2020.
Darvin Ham on Russ, with Russ watching. pic.twitter.com/Y6iYykvecp— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 6, 2022
Furthermore, Kendrick Perkins has also protested. He told publicly that it was very demeaning to say that the three-time NBA leader was an unhelpful teammate.
But we also know that Westbrook performed his worst in the 2021-22 season. So despite the fact that Rahbar and Perkins are standing by him, Cowherd is also standing tall in his opinion. Infact, for this reason, the people see that Russell Westbrook has lost his legacy. Furthermore, we know that he had created his name over a decade with his hard work. He lost his position in the Los Angeles Lakers club due to this reason. Now, Darvin Ham must do something to restore people’s faith in Westbrook again.
Darvin Ham Attempts
Although other coaches would have kept Westbrook out of the game for some time, Darvin Ham is doing the opposite. He is trying to bring Westbrook to compete at the championship level and show others what he can do.
“I want him to go back to being a pitbull on the defensive end, and everything is going to go from there”. Ham said this to the media about Westbrook.
"The problem for the Lakers & for Russ is it's 13 years of lackadaisical defense, it's 13 years of bad 3-pt shooting, it's 13 years of only be effective in a very specific type of offense. I'm concerned, there's no fixing this." — @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/MfOBIj8nc6— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) June 7, 2022
Although Ham is publicly endorsing Westbrook, people are still not taking Westbrook’s future in Los Angeles seriously. We see that people have lost their faith in him after the series. Furthermore, we see that everyone is distrusting him more after what Cowherd said. Infact, a reporter recently asked Russell Westbrook if he would come off the bench next season. He laughed on hearing that. Darvin Ham also protested. He said that everybody is acting as if Westbrook just played one season. How is everyone forgetting about the past 14 seasons?
Infact, we hear the rumors that Westbrook has lost his place and position and played his last season in Los Angeles. However, Darvin Ham wants to put him in a season to make everyone see what he is capable of.
We know that it was quite a frustrating season for the Lakers fans. Besides, Westbrook is also shaken by all this. Darvin Ham is trying his level best to restore his name. However, we hope that Westbrook gets one season, in which he can bring back his name in front of the people.
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