It’s no secret that the Lakers haven’t done much to build off last season’s disappointment of a finish.
They’ve won just three of their first 13 games and look every bit as much out of sorts as they did when they finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs. Some might say they’re even worse.
But first-year coach Darvin Ham is staying upbeat through it all, as relayed by Marc Stein of The Stein Line. In fact, Ham said he remains grateful for the opportunity, no matter how difficult the challenge in front of him may be.
“I’m the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers,” Ham said, via Stein. “I’m thrilled. I’m blessed, man. I wake up every morning, I see the sun in L.A. and I get to go to work with a bunch of beautiful people, man. I get disappointed, but I never get down. I never get that frustrated where I’m like, ‘Woe is me.’ Nah.
“We got some things we need to fix and we’ll fix them. And that’s the challenge of sitting in this seat. I’m thrilled to be here in front of all you beautiful people and I have a beautiful job. I get to work with beautiful human beings and coach beautiful human beings. I’m good, man. I’m good.”
Ham’s best idea so far clearly has been the decision to bring Russell Westbrook off the bench. While it’s not resulted in many victories yet, it does seemed to have breathed more life into Westbrook. If nothing else, that should improve his trade value.
Overall, Ham has a tall task in front of him, and given the team he coaches, he’s sure to remain in the limelight. But at least he’s taking a positive approach to the job.
Right now, when it comes to this brand of Lakers, that’s about all a man can do.