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Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham is aware of that the crew he has now...

Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham is aware of that the crew he has now might look considerably totally different by the point he’s teaching video games that depend within the fall, however he’s embracing his present group simply the identical.

“We love everybody on our roster,” Ham advised reporters Friday at halftime of L.A.’s 104-84 summer time league loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday. “And till you’re not on our roster, you’re ours and we’re going to attempt to get higher with the group that we now have. That’s simply the underside line of it.


“I don’t know a participant that’s come by means of this league in my 26 years that hasn’t had their identify a part of a commerce rumor a time or two. However, it’s what it’s. It’s the character of the beast of our enterprise. And so, once more, the blokes we now have on our roster I’m very grateful for, I’m happy with and we need to maximize all the pieces they will do to assist us get to that final objective.”


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If the Lakers try and run it again with the identical core of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook that, of their first season collectively final 12 months, contributed to one of the disappointing campaigns in franchise historical past, Ham’s vote of confidence can solely assist him with participant relationships down the road.

However that is still an enormous if.

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The Lakers’ summer time league squad may need been on the court docket taking part in the Suns, however all eyes have been on the sidelines at Thomas & Mack Enviornment, the place James and Westbrook couldn’t have been farther aside.

James sat on the south baseline flanked by his agent, Wealthy Paul of Klutch Sports activities, and his longtime pal and Lakers govt administrator, Randy Mims. In the meantime, Westbrook positioned himself beside the Lakers’ bench on the alternative sideline.

In between the primary and second quarter, Ham and Lakers vice chairman of basketball operations and basic supervisor Rob Pelinka walked over from their seats at half-court to greet James. Pelinka and the L.A. star shared a fast dialog, protecting their mouths with their palms for discretion.

With the Lakers engaged in commerce talks with the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers within the final week — with sources telling ESPN that each eventualities contain sending Westbrook out — the positioning of James and Westbrook was notable.

A number of different Lakers gamers in attendance — Talen Horton-Tucker, Wenyen Gabriel and Thomas Bryant — made their method to James.

However James and Westbrook stayed of their respective corners, with Westbrook exiting at halftime out of 1 tunnel and James leaving after the third quarter out of one other.

Ham, when requested if he has tried to construct camaraderie among the many Lakers’ marquee names in James, Westbrook and Davis since being named head coach final month, stated that their summer time schedules has made it tough.

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“This can be a humorous time of 12 months,” Ham stated. “AD has a new child on the way in which. These guys have busy schedules. They’re busy guys. Russ is doing his vogue factor. LeBron has a zillion issues happening. Completely, we’ve been lockstep in communication. However it’s laborious when guys have enterprise outdoors of basketball. However they do a superb job of staying related by way of at any time when I want them, at any time when I want ideas from all three of them, they’re proper there with me.”

Westbrook and James may need been stationed distant Friday, however they each had their impression on the motion, significantly with rookie guard Scotty Pippen Jr., who signed a two-way contract with L.A. final month.

Pippen led L.A. with 19 factors but additionally had 5 turnovers, with Phoenix’s protection concentrating on him because the Lakers’ main playmaker.

“He gave me some pointers and I ended up utilizing them,” Pippen stated of recommendation Westbrook supplied up on how you can thwart the Suns’ defensive stress.

James supplied a distinct kind of help, actually serving to to elevate Pippen off the ground after he absorbed contact on the rim within the first half and took a tumble close to James’ toes.

“I suppose that was cool,” Pippen stated, earlier than including with amusing, “he type of threw me up a bit too excessive.”

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