Darvin Ham, new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, he assured this Monday in his presentation that “there is no success without sacrifice” and highlighted that your work will begin for the team's defensive effort, convinced that soon the Los Angeles franchise will be able to win. celebrate a new title of NBA champion.
“We talk about sacrifice, we are going to sacrifice ourselves in everything we do. Also LeBron James, Anthony Davis, we all have to start with defense,” he said. Ham, former assistant to Mike Budenholzer on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ham, who has already worked in the Lakers as an assistant from 2011 to 2013, recognized that returning to the purple and gold franchise “is special” and that he has never stopped lovingly following the team.
In addition, his responsibility is to take care of LeBron and help him maintain his level throughout the season.
“He has done a great job taking care of his body, getting together with the right people to be able to maintain this level . The plan is for us to get better over time. I just want to help him be able to maintain that level,” he said.
Confidence in Westbrook
defined “key” the role of Anthony Davis in the team, of which he highlighted the “defensive intelligence” and expressed his complete trust in Russell Westbrook.
“'Russ' is one of the best players this league has ever seen. He's got a lot left in him. I don't know why people write such negative things about him. We have to split the work on defense and offense. We have to be committed to defense, otherwise our attack won't count for anything,” he said.
the effort and sacrifice it has taken to get to this point in his career and underlined & oacute; who faces the new experience as “a challenge”, but without pressure.
“This is not pressure, this is a challenge. We have experience, we are going to continue working and building “, he assured.
Ham, 48, was the assistant coach of the Bucks in the last four seasons and was NBA champion last year.
Ex-basketball player, NBA champion with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, Ham has already worked as a basketball player. on the Lakers, as an assistant, from 2011 to 2013.
He will have; the challenge of relaunching the Lakers after the negative season experienced this year with Vogel on the bench, in which the Los Angeles team came out as a favorite, but ended up in eleventh position in the West (33-49), outside the play-in and playoff positions.