Darvin Ham explains making Russell Westbrook, LeBron James fit for Lakers

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"On Monday morning, the Los Angeles Lakers introduced Darvin Ham to be their new head coach after a tough final season under the guidance of Frank Vogel."

"After the Lakers won the title in 2020, they were not able to have similar success in the 2021-22 season despite the big addition of Russell Westbrook."

"The Westbrook era did not start off well as the Lakers were minus-2.5 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor per Cleaning the Glass."

"He averaged 18.5 points which was his lowest since the 2009-10 season, his second in the league,"

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"and he shot only 29.8% from deep on 3.4 attempts as his fit next to LeBron James came into question."

"Ham was asked about Westbrook’s fit next to James as well as Anthony Davis and, with Westbrook in the room, gave this answer as he told reporters":

"Absolutely. I mean, just our running habits and Russell, don’t get it messed up. Russ is one of the best players our league has ever seen and there is still a ton left in that tank." Darvin Ham said

"I don’t know why people tend to try to write him off. I’m gonna approach him like I do every player I’ve ever encountered."

"We’re going to talk about our running habits with the ball, without the ball, and again, the team."

"The rhythm of the team and trying to establish a rhythm with LeBron, Russ, AD, and again, share the load."

"Defensively and offensively. Defensively is where you’re gonna see us make our biggest leaps and bounds."

"We have to commit to the defensive side of the of the ball or we don’t have a chance to do anything. The offense won’t even matter if we don’t get stops." Darvin Ham said

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