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Lakers Coach Darvin Ham On Russell Westbrook: "Counted Out Prematurely. I’ve Had Some Great Interactions With Russ, In Person, Over Dinner, Over The Phone, Over Text Messages."

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook will get a second chance to prove his value on the Los Angeles Lakers after a first season with more downs than ups. The veteran point guard is ready to prove doubters wrong, and it seems like the team is right behind him, supporting his goals for the upcoming campaign. 

Darvin Ham has already expressed his desire to help Westbrook become a key piece for the Lakers and recently doubled down on those comments, saying that Russ still has a lot to give and he'll try to help the former NBA MVP achieve new goals. 

Talking with Marc J. Spears of Andscape, the former Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach revealed his thoughts about Westbrook, saying that he plans to make a plan that makes Russ shine, even if it's on another facet of the game. 

What are your thoughts on Russell Westbrook?

Counted out prematurely. Counted out. Prematurely. I’ve had some great interactions with Russ, in person, over dinner, over the phone, over text messages. I love Russell Westbrook, man. Just his mentality, his approach. Just to see him, a guy of that magnitude and everything he’s done in the league to get hated on. But being me, I got a wholehearted plan, a clear plan on how I’m going to use him. I showed it to him, sat down, brought stuff up for him. I think he’s going to flourish. We ain’t going to try to curtail his energy. We’re just going to diversify it, redirect it.

You see Westbrook as a starter under you with the Lakers?

Yes, indeed. It’s just the way we’re going to play and the type of people that’s going to be out there on the floor, that’s the biggest thing.

Ham has ambitious plans for the Lakers next season, and making Russ work alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis is a must for him. He knows what Westbrook is capable of doing, and as of right now, he's ready to work with him as the starting point guard.