Darvin Ham is officially the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and he spent a good chunk of his introductory press conference talking about Russell Westbrook, laying out a path to success for the team’s highest-paid player — with Westbrook standing 15 feet or so away.
On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball”, Raj Chipalu and Sabreena Merchant tried to wrap their heads around Ham’s comments regarding Westbrook, and the increasingly realistic possibility that Westbrook will be a Laker for one more season. They discussed the proposed 4-out, 1-in offense and what that means for Westbrook and AD and also whether or not Westbrook can follow through on the sacrifices Ham is proposing for him.
Raj noted that the adaptations Ham mapped out for Westbrook sound a lot like what Golden State asked of Andrew Wiggins when they brought him over from Minnesota, so Raj and Sabreena talk about the similarities and differences between those two situations. They also spent some time on Game 3 of the NBA Finals, how it’s getting so much easier to root for the Warriors given their current opponent, and how the Boston defense brings back fond memories of the 2019-20 Lakers.
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