Lakers-Clippers takeaways: LeBron James discusses lack of calls

His staff is within the midst of one more dropping streak and his star participant left the sport Wednesday due to left leg soreness, however Lakers coach Darvin Ham mentioned his psychological state will not be that of, “Woe is me.”

As a first-year coach, Ham mentioned his spirits have been “great” regardless of a 2-9 file that has left the Lakers with the second-worst file within the NBA and LeBron James injured through the fourth quarter of their loss to the Clippers on Wednesday evening.

The Lakers opened the season with a five-game dropping streak, gained two straight and now have misplaced 4 in a row.

But Ham’s view is extra optimistic throughout these troubled instances for the Lakers, saying issues like how “blessed” he’s to teach the Lakers and to stay in sunny Los Angeles.

“I get disappointed, but I never get down,” Ham mentioned. “I never get that frustrated where I’m like, ‘Whoa, is me.’ Nah, we got some things we need to fix and we’ll fix them. And that’s the challenge of sitting in this seat. I’m thrilled to be here in front of all you beautiful people and I have a beautiful job. I get to work with beautiful human beings and coach beautiful human beings. I’m good, man. I’m good.”

Ham was requested, do his gamers share his similar optimism?

“I don’t know, but they should,” Ham mentioned. “For anybody to pay you to work out for a living, basically what is going on. It’s like getting paid a billion dollars to make sure you go to LA Fitness every day, right? That’s a beautiful life to live. Again, they shouldn’t be down. You got to keep things in perspective.

“Everything that we have been through in society, man — like COVID and all of that, man. You got to be thankful to be outside and be amongst the people and doing what you love. That’s a beautiful thing. Can’t be lost on you.”

Listed below are two different takeaways from the sport:

James desires extra free-throw alternatives

Throughout his 32 minutes, James shot simply 4 free throws, making two. He has shot simply 16 free throws in his final 4 video games.

James mentioned he’s nice with the sport being bodily. He simply needs he may get a number of extra calls his means.

“I’m OK with that. I love physicality,” James mentioned. “But I also would like for the whistle to be blown when I get hit. I mean, four free throws once again. I looked at a lot of guys tonight shoot a lot of jump shots and they’re going nine, 13 times to the free-throw line.

“I gotta learn how to flop or something. Seriously. I need to learn how to do that. Swipe my head back or do something to get to the free-throw line because the ‘I missed it’ [from the officials] is getting too repetitive. It’s three games straight of ‘I missed it.’”

Troy Brown is taking part in stable

Troy Brown was a vivid spot for the Lakers. He had 14 factors on six-for-10 capturing. He additionally had 4 rebounds and performed stable protection.

Brown’s play has left an impression on James.

“Troy’s been great,” James mentioned. “I believe in any role that Troy would be great. And he’s been playing great ball since he got back into the lineup. When he first came back to now, he’s starting, Troy has been great. He’s been amazing.”