The Los Angeles Lakers have been known for their fast offense since the arrival of LeBron James – and new head coach Darvin Ham hopes to keep the dangerous weapon in LA’s arsenal while he’s at the helm.
The Lakers crushed teams in transition in the 2019-20 championship season, further proof of how much their defense contributed to the title win. Ham apparently wants to emulate that team’s success as LA brought in plenty of athletic defenders whose saves can spark the offense this summer.
One of them was Troy Brown Jr., who said he spoke with the Lakers head coach about how the Purple and Gold can translate their defensive efforts into offense.
“I’m just talking about pace, being able to get out there and play faster even on the defensive end, how to speed up the offense and stuff like that for other teams,” Brown said.
“Being able to put pressure on the guys where we can shut down and then go out and run in transition. I think it’s definitely something we talked about and something I’m looking forward to.
Brown said he thinks he has the skills that will allow him to thrive in Ham’s system. The 22-year-old added that the head coach seems “excited” about his first year in charge of the team. “And I love it,” Brown said.
“That’s the biggest thing I take away from it right now is that he’s very excited. He seems to have his plan a bit and he knows what he wants to do with us and he’s just ready to implement it and make sure we’re all comfortable in the roles we have and make sure everyone knows the style of basketball we’re going to play this year.
“That’s the most important thing is that he seems really excited and very enthusiastic at the moment. It definitely makes a guy like me happy and certainly makes me feel more comfortable.
Brown willing to sacrifice himself for the good of the Lakers team
Ham has made it clear that he will ask his players to sacrifice themselves and prioritize the team over themselves. Brown said he is ready to do what is necessary for the team to win games – adding that he thinks his versatility will come in handy for LA
“Oh, I still have the game, that’s more what I’m being asked to do,” he said during his introductory press conference.
“I think that’s the most important thing is that I’m definitely a team guy, I really want to win.”
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