However, after three games this season, Ham has vowed to take an inside look at his role in the team’s dual start and re-evaluate the way he has handled rotations.
“My rotation, we really have to get into it, really figure it out and look closely…so guys are in rhythm,” Ham said. “We have a great selection of players. And I played in this league. If you know when you’re going in and who you’re playing with, that’s important. So if we narrow down to our rotation, I’ll start there. That’s definitely the most important thing on my mind.”
Until now it was unclear. Lebron James, which Ham said the team hoped to hold for about 30 minutes after the opening game, has surpassed that mark in the last two games. He played 39 minutes in one on Sunday 132-127 overtime loss to the kings.
In three games, ten different five-man lineups played at least five minutes, and another nine played at least three.
In Sacramento this season, only five different lineups have played five or more minutes.
“Your job is when you’re on the floor, try to make it work with the other four guys that are on the floor with you,” James said. “You try to complement each other as best as possible, both offensively and defensively. Until Coach figures out a rhythm, until you know what your sub-pattern is or whatever the case may be, you just go out there and play.”
Asked whether his changes would involve tightening up his rotations or adopting stricter substitution patterns, Ham said: “I think it’s a little bit of all of that.” A little mix of all of that.”
Part of the problem, as if it were Sunday, was the lack of timely shots. Austin Reaves struggled through a 1-for-12 night while the entire team missed eight of its 10 three-point shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“We executed. “We got a great look,” James said. “The timely shots that we couldn’t nullify, they were able to nullify.”
Anthony Davis also pointed to known issues with transition defense and offensive rebounding (the Kings had 20 second-chance points) that the Lakers need to address.
“Gabe [Vincent] “I missed a significant portion of preseason and am still trying to get going and find my rhythm,” Davis said. “Austin is trying to find his opportunity, especially tonight.” [Jarred Vanderbilt] is outside, which is a big part of our defense as he just guards the ball and helps us on the boards with rebounds. A lot plays a role there. I’m still trying to figure it out.
“We have new faces. I think we’re playing pretty well, once we take care of the offensive rebounding and transition then we’ll be fine. And it doesn’t matter who is on the field. It’s just a matter of effort at this point.”
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.