The Lakers may not be in a good place right now, falling back under .500 after Thursday’s disspiriting loss to the Suns. However, no matter how Lakers fans are reacting on the outside, the pressure remains low.
At no point so far have the Lakers put any pressure on head coach Darvin Ham despite the team’s lackluster performance since winning the In-Season Tournament. To the contrary, in fact, the team has assured him he was not on the hot seat.
The latest report of that is perhaps the most notable one yet as, per Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report, both vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss have backed Ham.
Owner Jeanie Buss and president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka have informed the second-year head coach that his job is not in jeopardy, sources say.
It’s pretty clear that, no matter what the fan perception is, it’s not matching the internal perception. Whether that’s fair or foul can be debated, but that’s very clearly where things stand right now.
This also matches the recent story as told by Ham himself to Sam Amick of The Athletic detailing a lengthy text message he received from Jeanie.
There’s a mutual respect in that relationship, one that resulted in Buss sending a lengthy text message of support to Ham in the wake of Thursday’s report in The Athletic that chronicled the rising pressure that surrounds him. Buss could certainly change her stance, of course, but the current state of affairs suggests Ham still has time to turn this around.
The changes that are going to be made in the coming weeks appear more likely to come to the roster than the coaching staff. Now, those don’t appear to be all that likely right now either, but that’s another debate.
As things stand, though, major changes don’t seem to be on the horizon. Which, considering how inconsistent this team has been and how, in recent weeks, disconnected and unenergized they’ve appeared, might not be a great sign.
But that’ll be the new challenge for Ham and his staff, who should be operating from a place of confidence given the backing they have of the front office and ownership.
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