Everyone was waiting for a fresh batch of comments from Russell Westbrook regarding the hiring of Darvin Ham. The Los Angeles Lakers fired Frank Vogel and Ham got the job. Rob Pelinka interviewed a few candidates and Ham was the best fit for the team. How will Ham handle Westbrook’s situation?
Vogel benched Westbrook a few times in the regular season. There was a tension between Vogel and the nine-time All-Star. Head coaching candidates received questions about their opinion on Westbrook’s case.
LeBron James is a fan. He is more than happy about Ham’s hiring and even took to Twitter to express his excitement. The four-time NBA champion delivered words of praise for the new head coach. Ham has experience with stars and he played the game back in the days. The Lakers hired someone who understands players. This is a game-changer for Lakers players.
Russell Westbrook is a fan of Darvin Ham, too
Westbrook didn’t say much about Ham. However, he shared the news and many interpreted this as an announcement. Is he staying in LA? Ham’s presence may be of great help at the moment. He may find a creative way to use Westbrook in the new scheme.
The Lakers decided to keep Westbrook around. They didn’t trade him ahead of the deadline. NBA teams wanted a first-round pick, but Pelinka didn’t want to give up on his chance to rebuild the team.
Ham could connect with Vogel and help him adjust to the scheme in Los Angeles. NBA insider Marc Stein discussed Vogel’s future with the Lakers. He has a few reasons to believe that the Lakers won’t cut Vogel at this point.
“The Lakers are tuning out the skeptics yet again and insisting to anyone who will listen that they would rather keep Russell Westbrook on the roster for next season than surrender additional assets to convince someone to trade for him. The Lakers are also said to be adamant that they won’t release the former MVP and eat his $47.1 million player option for next season after Westbrook picks it up.”