The honeymoon is officially over for Coach Darvin Ham and the Los Angeles Lakers. After Friday night’s uninspiring 130-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Ham pulled no punches in his post-game press conference, throwing down the gauntlet and declaring: “It’s over for the excuses. We gotta play basketball!”
There’s no sugarcoating it – this L stung. Lakers fans, already skittish after a season of dashed hopes, watched their team squander a promising first half lead, imploding in the second and getting outscored 68-44 by a surging Nets squad. Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and D’Angelo Russell looked sharp early, but their fire fizzled after intermission, replaced by sloppy turnovers and defensive breakdowns.
Ham, known for his no-nonsense coaching style, didn’t mince words. “We had a good rhythm going, then we just…stopped playing,” he growled. “Effort ain’t enough. We gotta execute, gotta be mentally tough. We can’t keep blaming injuries, new systems, whatever. It’s time to hold ourselves accountable and get to work.”
His frustration is palpable. Lakers Nation – once accustomed to championship parades – has endured two years of mediocrity, and the early optimism surrounding Ham’s arrival is starting to wane. This loss to the Nets, a team without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, feels like a gut punch, a stark reminder of the work this team has to do.
But Ham’s message isn’t just about accountability. It’s a call to action, a plea for the Lakers to rediscover their identity. “We got LeBron James, Anthony Davis, talent all over this roster,” he emphasized. “We need to play with passion, with purpose. We gotta remember why we wear this purple and gold.”
The Lakers’ schedule doesn’t get any easier. A four-game road trip looms, with matchups against playoff contenders like the Celtics and Clippers. This will be a defining stretch for the team, a chance to prove Ham’s words weren’t just empty air. Can they channel their frustration into focus, can they silence the doubters and claw their way back into playoff contention?
Only time will tell. But one thing’s clear: the honeymoon is over. The excuses are done. It’s time for the Lakers, and Coach Ham, to show the world they’re still a force to be reckoned with. It’s time to play basketball.