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Troublesome Details Emerge About Lakers Players’ Trust In Darvin Ham

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Darvin Ham may have coached his final game for the Los Angeles Lakers, and that’s far from a surprise.

It was shocking to see a first-year coach replacing Frank Vogel and getting to coach LeBron James — who’s known for getting coaches on the hot seat — in the first place.

Then, a red-hot stretch to end the season and an unlikely trip to the Western Conference Finals helped him keep his job after a disastrous start to his tenure.

Things didn’t get much better in year two.

Injuries or not, he couldn’t even find a steady starting lineup until midway through the campaign, and once again, rumors about his continuity eroded.

Now, following a sweep by the Denver Nuggets, a report by The Athletic shows that the players didn’t seem to trust him or his staff one bit.

During a home game on Feb. 28, the Lakers players took matters into their own hands, bypassing Darvin Ham's huddles and opting for player-led play calls.

While it showed locker room unity, it also hinted at a lack of trust in the coaching staff.

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— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) April 30, 2024

Apparently, late in February, during a home game, Lakers players decided to ignore Ham during huddles and roll with player-led play-calls.

That spoke volumes of the little trust they had in him, and it happened multiple times.

LeBron James was literally caught on video snubbing Ham’s instructions, either asking Phil Handy for his input or taking matters into his own hands instead.

Ham allowed opposing teams to go in big runs without calling timeouts, and he got exposed every single time he went against a savvy and veteran head coach.

It takes a lot to coach a franchise like the Lakers, let alone one with a 39-year-old superstar with sky-high basketball IQ and a temper, and Ham might not be the right guy for the job.

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