Anthony Davis loves Darwin Ham’s system

When the Los Angeles Lakers hired first-year head coach Darvin Ham, the question arose as to whether or not team leaders like LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook would accept his coaching philosophy.

Now, with a full preseason and two prime-time regular-season games under the team’s belt, the change Ham has made in LA is evident on and off the court in the Lakers’ new defensive scheme and new level of effort in every game.

During an interview with Andscape’s Marc J. Spears, Davis shared his thoughts on the impact Ham has had on the team’s system and culture to date:

“I love him and his system,” Davis told Andscape. β€œHe’s one of those coaches you’d run through a brick wall for. He has your back to work hard for him. He is definitely a player’s coach. He has done us all good. He lets us play freely offensively and stays ahead defensively.

“We’ll go back and take a look at it [the loss] and learning. He calls it victories and lessons. There are lessons in our loss.”

Ham’s reason for hiring was his ability to relate to everyone in the dressing room and even hold his star players accountable for their performance. The 29-year-old big man seems to see the reason Ham fits in with the Lakers so early in the season and accepts Ham’s encouragement.

It’s a good sign for the Lakers that their superstar Big Man approves of the head coach’s performance. With the buy-in factor high, the future looks bright for a Lakers team looking to continue to mesh and find more firepower on offense.

In two games, Davis averaged 26 points and 7 rebounds on 50% shooting.

Ham almost shed a tear on his head coaching debut

Sometimes it’s bigger than basketball. Coaching at any level in the NBA is special, but being the head coach of the Lakers’ 17-season championship series is unique.

During Thursday’s Lakers season opener against the Golden State Warriors, emotions ran high for both the defending champion Golden State Warriors and Ham as he made his debut as head coach.

As he reflected on his journey to the head coaching seat, Ham said he nearly shed a tear as he thought of just how far and how real this opportunity to be head coach in the NBA and for the Lakers is.

The man behind the clipboard has never been afraid to show his raw emotions. Ham’s genuineness and willingness to be himself was one reason the Lakers made defensive changes and gained the intangibles of toughness and hustle.

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