Los Angeles Lakers: It helps to be coaching the greatest basketball player of all time in Lebron James and a top-15 player when healthy in Anthony Davis. Let’s go back the Lakers were 25-31 before General Manager Rob Pelinka traded for D’Angelo Russell and Jarrad Vanderbilt.
He also acquired Rui Hachimura from the Wizards on January 23. But make no bones about it, this was a poor basketball team who for most of the season, there was a question if they would even make it in the Play-In Tournament.
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Has A Strong Message For Those 10 Teams
Darvin Ham says 10 teams passed on him before he landed a job with the Lakers:
“They f*cked up royally.”
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Without those trades, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t in a position to knock off the defending champions Golden State Warriors in the second round or make the Western Conference Finals series against the Denver Nuggets a competitive one.
But Ham did say while talking to NBA Reporters Chris Haynes and Marc Stein on the #thisleague UNCUT Podcast that it’s not about finding a job but the right one. While in hindsight; it was a mistake for those 10 teams to not hire Darvin Ham before the Lakers did. But outside of the Celtics, he wasn’t going to be in a position to go to an Eastern Conference or Western Conference Final much less compete for a championship because those teams were not in a position to do that.
Nine of those teams aren’t the most stable organizations and teams like that are quick to fire coaches if the winning isn’t immediate. If Darvin Ham were to coach the Hawks, and he criticizes Trae Young. He’s getting fired quicker than a Giannis spin move. I’m glad Darvin Ham went to a place where he can not only coach Lebron James but has a talented roster to compete for championships year in and year out.