Darvin Ham: Potential Scapegoat for Lakers’ Struggles

The Lakers are currently in the midst of a slump, and there are indications that the team’s struggles will be attributed to Darvin Ham. The Athletic has reported a widening gap between the head coach and the players, with six anonymous sources citing Ham’s excessive lineup changes and modifications to the starting lineups as the root cause, leading to a lack of chemistry and rhythm for multiple players. Despite winning the inaugural In-Season Tournament, the team has a 2-8 record over their last 10 games and has only managed to win 3 out of 9 games since a victory over Indiana on December 9th. After a 110-96 loss to Miami, Austin Reaves expressed a negative sentiment surrounding the team, blaming their poor three-point shooting for the defeat. Anthony Davis also expressed concerns about the team’s performance and the need to improve. Ham, on the other hand, attributed the team’s struggles to injuries and the challenge of finding a cohesive rotation due to frequent lineup changes. The possibility of parting ways with Ham is not out of the question, as the Lakers and other teams led by LeBron James have had a history of rotating head coaches. The Lakers have had seven head coaches since 2011, and LeBron has worked with 11 different head coaches over his 21-year career. Only two of those coaches lasted more than two seasons.