Just if you assume the Lakers could not have doubled down on the worst commerce in historical past, they did simply that by hiring Darvin Ham as head coach. I am unable to consider I simply typed that the Lakers employed Darvin Ham as head coach.
Why precisely? I actually wish to know why they employed Ham. Nice man? Check. Good communicator? Check. NBA expertise as a participant and coach? Check. What I am unable to discover is his experience with an offensive scheme or defensive one. I am unable to discover his historical past of main a gaggle to the playoffs and growing a championship tradition.
This rent to me has a recurring scent to it. This is a man that would be the final sure man to the entrance workplace and LeBron James. There actually is not any different cause. Last 12 months I stated the Russell Westbrook commerce could be the worst ever, it was and is. This would be the worst head teaching hiring ever. Mark my phrases!
One can solely hope that Darvin Ham will even have one thing to say in regards to the make-up of the Lakers, and never merely be added pork. Most followers will agree the franchise has had sufficient of that in latest classic.
All the Lakers’ maneuvering has left the staff with growing old and surrogate basic supervisor LeBron James, growing old and without-a-fit Russell Westbrook, and at all times injured Anthony Davis. And not a first-rounder to rebuild the staff until 2027 and 2029.
Welcome to purgatory Darvin Ham. Let’s see for those who can final lengthy sufficient to salvage Jerry Buss’ legacy, which his youngsters have now utterly run into the bottom.
Corona del Mar
In his column “Take a timeout, Lakers. Now run the right play,” Plaschke dismisses Darvin Ham as a result of “he’s never been an NBA head coach.” Pat Riley had by no means been an NBA head coach both, when the Lakers employed him, and that labored out fairly effectively.
I can’t consider Bill Plaschke once more steered that the Lakers ought to rent Doc Rivers as head coach. It is well-known that the Lakers’ roster is a sizzling mess, and Rivers could be absolutely the worst choice for coach. Granted, Rivers gained a title with the Celtics, however he managed to get just one regardless of having the league’s most gifted staff. As head coach of the Clippers, he allowed the gamers to undertake the “Lob City” moniker, as they celebrated each dunk like youngsters on a playground slightly than specializing in enjoying stable basketball. Consequently, the Rivers-led Clippers collapsed within the playoffs. Rivers’ tenure in Philadelphia hasn’t been any higher.
Doc Rivers has coached probably the most groups blowing 3-1 playoff sequence leads in NBA historical past. Since the Lakers as at the moment constituted are unlikely to ever lead a playoff sequence 3-1, Lakers administration needn’t fear about that in deciding whether or not to rent him.
Bill Plaschke’s love affair with Doc Rivers is aware of no bounds. Was Plaschke asleep in 2015 when Rivers did nothing with a Clippers staff that had Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan as starters and one of the best sixth man in basketball that 12 months, Jamal Crawford? That staff by no means made it previous the second spherical within the playoffs nor did every other Rivers coached Clippers staff. Rivers failed once more this 12 months with the extremely regarded 76ers. Frankly, he’s overrated.
Gary H. Miller
Life earlier than hoops
Bill Plaschke’s article about “Kerr marks violence in more than silence,” is undoubtedly a very powerful and greatest “sports article” ever written in recent times.
Thumbs as much as Steve Kerr for placing life (and sadly dying) earlier than basketball. I hope his remarks had been loud sufficient to be heard in D.C.
Bill Shaikin’s protection in The Times of the stadium property sale state of affairs has been in depth and glorious, nevertheless it nonetheless confuses me. If the Angels play in Los Angeles, as Arte Moreno says they do, why is Anaheim concerned in a lot controversy?
Twice as good
Dodgers sweeping the Diamondbacks in L.A.: good.
Dodgers pounding out 24 hits in Arizona: higher.
Dodgers beating Madison Bumgarner twice in a row: priceless.
In response to reader Mark Sherwin’s letter relating to the Savannah Bananas improvements to maintain followers as a mockery of the sport of baseball.
Quite clearly Mr. Sherwin has by no means been to a minor league sport or heard of Bill Veeck. Because how may they disrupt the sacrosanct traditions of baseball akin to head searching, pine-tarring, playing and trash can lid beating to steal indicators with mere mirth and joyous good enjoyable?
I wish to thank David Wharton for a incredible job and riveting take a look at “Banana Ball,” as I totally loved it. I promptly despatched it to everybody right here within the Class A Salem Red Sox group with the hopes of them scheduling the Bananas!
For those that surprise why individuals get so invested in sports activities, I’d direct them to Bill Plaschke’s glorious article in regards to the Marshall High softball staff. The scoreboard is just the entrance door to a world of drama, characters, triumph and one million and one life classes. Thanks, Bill, and congrats on an outstanding season to the winners from Marshall High School.
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