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Lakers’ Darvin Ham on Hot Seat, Potential Replacement Named

Arguments against head coach Darvin Ham will only get worse after the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks, despite the fact that his club was missing players due to injuries.

This time, it was Anthony Davis, who missed the match against Atlanta due to a groin ailment. However, the manner in which the game ultimately transpired was evocative of numerous previous defeats this year.

On January 30, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer stated, “It may not matter what acquisitions the Lakers make since Ham has also been one of the NBA’s worst coaches and it appears he has lost the trust of his roster.” “Those in authority share the blame. From the start, [General Manager Rob] Pelinka and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss took a chance by hiring an inexperienced head coach.

The Lakers, in O’Connor’s opinion, require a “better head coach.” He also thinks LeBron James might be thinking about someone to take Ham’s place.

“If LeBron had the same level of influence as he did in Cleveland when David Blatt was fired in the middle of the 2015–16 campaign… By now, Ham would also have been fired, most likely in favor of assistant coach Phil Handy, according to O’Connor.

Buss was “too cheap,” according to O’Connor, to bring on Los Angeles Clippers head coach Ty Lue for 2019. One year after Frank Vogel was hired by the Lakers, Lue took Doc Rivers’ spot on the Clippers.

However, the notion that Handy might take Ham’s place is not entirely novel.

Darvin Ham’s Disconnect With Players Sparked Phil Handy Talk

There is an increasing gulf between Ham and the Lakers locker room, according to reports from Shams Charania and Jovan Buha of The Athletic. The head coach’s lineup and rotation adjustments, some of which were brought on by injuries, were in question.

Ham maintained that the Lakers’ injuries were preventing them from being a consistent team in terms of lineups or on-court performance.

Austin Reaves and other players disagreed, claiming they had enough to be better than they actually were.

On January 5, Sam Amick of The Athletic wrote, “It doesn’t help Ham’s cause that his messaging has been so different from that of the players in the locker room.” The other consideration in this instance, as in all such cases, has to do with a potential substitute.

Speaking with those in the know about the issue, Phil Handy, the assistant coach of the Lakers, is more frequently mentioned as a potential option. Again, though, we’re not quite there yet.

Who Is This Phil Handy?

One of the most well-liked basketball coaches is Handy. In the mid-1990s, he was a standout student at the University of Hawaii. In addition, Handy has won three NBA championships as a coach, including championships with the 2016 Cavaliers and 2020 Lakers teams that featured LeBron James.

Additionally, he assisted in bringing Lakers forward Rui Hachimura—who the Lakers acquired prior to the trade deadline last season—to a higher level of performance.

James is one of the players with whom Handy already has a firm connection. However, Ham is also in danger of many of the same possible dangers. The biggest one is Handy’s inexperience as a head coach.

Handy stated that he opted to stay under Ham during the previous offseason rather than pursue a role with Vogel and the Phoenix Suns.

Maybe there was always the possibility that Handy would replace Ham.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way



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