Takeaways from the Lakers’ 128-109 win over Trail Blazers

Throughout his time of want on this tumultuous season as a first-year coach of the Lakers, Darvin Ham has been in a position to lean on buddy and former teammate Chauncey Billups, the second-year coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The stress. The strain. The lengthy nights after losses. The questioning of your self. The questioning what you could possibly have executed in another way.

Billups went by way of all of that final season in his first yr as coach of the Trail Blazers, and he was greater than keen to share with Ham on the methods to navigate all that he faces.

However, Billups mentioned earlier than the Trail Blazers performed the Lakers on Wednesday night time at Crypto.com Area that there was and is one large distinction.

“The difference is I was in Portland, Oregon,” Billups mentioned. “He’s with the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s totally different. And he’s coaching one of the top few guys [LeBron James] to ever play the game, and then three top-75 guys [in James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbook] with expectations. I didn’t have that. A lot of things I can’t help him on. There’s a lot I can, but there’s a lot that I can’t. We’ve had some good talks. He’s stood tall through it all. Man, I’m just proud of him.”

Ham went down the record of coaches who’ve been keen to share with him — the Clippers’ Ty Lue, the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzol, the Grizzlies’ Taylor Jenkins, the Magic’s Jamahl Mosley and the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.

However Ham and Billups received an NBA championship collectively as gamers with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 — over the Lakers — and the 2 have had a bond ever since then.

“Everybody’s been so forthcoming and an open book for me with any questions I may have being a first-time head coach,” Ham mentioned, “But Chauncey specifically … I consider him more than a friend. He’s like a brother to me. So, he’s always there whenever I need him. No matter what time of night, I can call him.”

After the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 128-109, Ham and Billups embraced.

Lakers nonetheless rising after 20 video games

After 20 video games, the Lakers are 8-12 and are sitting within the thirteenth spot within the Western Convention.

They’ve received six of their final eight video games and are seeing some promise.

It was painful for the Lakers to blow a 17-point lead and lose to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night time. However the Lakers didn’t let a 19-point lead slip away towards the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night time.

“I’m very encouraged. I’m very excited,” Ham mentioned. “Basically, a fourth of the season is out of the way and we’re just now starting to get all the way whole and then tonight going into the game we lose two more guys. But overall, I’m pleased. Guys are embracing it. They had a lot of fun playing today. They played the right way on both sides of the ball. I’m very, very, highly encouraged.”

Lonnie Walker IV (left foot soreness) and Troy Brown Jr. (left foot soreness) didn’t play towards the Trail Blazers and each might be reevaluated Thursday earlier than the Lakers go away for a six-game journey that begins in Milwaukee on Friday night time.