‣ The Lakers have lost 9 of their last 12 games, leading to tension in the team’s locker room and questions about coach Darvin Ham’s job security.
‣ There is a reported “deepening disconnect” between Darvin Ham and the Lakers’ locker room due to extreme rotation and starting lineup adjustments.
‣ Despite injuries to key players, the team’s poor performance is not being excused, with players stating that they have enough talent in the locker room to win but need to compete better.
The Lakers are in a bit of a pickle. They’ve lost 9 out of their last 12 games, and things are getting tense in the locker room. The L.A. team’s performance has plummeted since they won the first-ever In-Season Tournament. Now, it seems like the organization is losing patience with coach Darvin Ham.
Rumors are swirling about a disconnect between the team and their coach. Ham’s job security is up in the air. The Heat recently played the Lakers without their star player, Jimmy Butler, and still managed to beat them 110-96 at the Crypto.com Arena.
The Lakers’ record has dipped to 17-18. It’s the first time they’ve been below .500 since November. A tweet from Bleacher Report suggests a “deepening disconnect” between Ham and the Lakers locker room. The tweet cites extreme rotation and starting lineup adjustments as potential causes.
Some players have even begun to talk about the tense atmosphere in the locker room. But they say it’s normal when you’re on a losing streak. “We’re losing,” Austin Reaves said this week. “Anytime you lose, the vibe should be off, you know?”
Reaves, who’s 25, went on to clarify that the bad vibes aren’t due to player conflicts. This is a departure from the internal issues that arose last year with Russell Westbrook’s departure. “When I say the vibe is off, it’s not like we don’t like each other,” Reaves said. “It’s we’re losing. We should be pissed off.”
Coach Ham believes the team’s struggles are due to health issues. Despite having LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, and D’Angelo Russell for the past eight games, Ham thinks the team won’t find consistency until everyone is healthy. Rui Hachimura and Gabe Vincent are currently out due to injury.
“It’s a little bit of everything right now,” Anthony Davis admitted. “We’re not executing. That team played harder than us tonight, executed better than us tonight, more physical than us tonight. We got outworked tonight.” But Davis doesn’t accept their poor performance as an excuse. “Guys being out is not an excuse. There are no excuses for us. Like coach said (pregame), we have enough in this locker room to win but we just have to go out and compete,” he concluded.