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

During his time of need during this turbulent season as first-year Lakers coach, Darvin Ham had the support of friend and former teammate Chauncey Billups, the sophomore coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The stress. The pressure. The long nights after losses. Questioning yourself. The question of what you could have done differently.

Billups went through all of that last season in his freshman year as coach of the Trail Blazers, and he was more than willing to share with Ham how he’s coping with whatever lies ahead.

But Billups said before the Trail Blazers played the Lakers at Crypto.com Arena Wednesday night, there was and is a big difference.

“The difference is that I was in Portland, Oregon,” Billups said. “He’s with the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s very different. And he trains one of the few top guys [LeBron James] ever play the game, and then three top 75 guys [in James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbook] with expectations. I didn’t. I can’t help him with many things. There’s a lot I can do, but also a lot I can’t. We had some good conversations. He got through it all. Man, I’m just proud of him.”

Ham went through the list of coaches willing to share with him – the Clippers’ Ty Lue, the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzol, the Grizzlies’ Taylor Jenkins, the Magic’s Jamahl Mosley and Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.

But Ham and Billups won an NBA championship together as players with the Detroit Pistons — over the Lakers — in 2004, and the two have had a bond ever since.

“Everyone has been so accommodating and an open book to me with any questions I might have as a first-time head coach,” Ham said, “but Chauncey in particular … I consider him more than a friend. He’s like a brother to me. So he’s always there when I need him. Any time of the night I can call him.”

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

Lakers is still growing after 20 games

After 20 games, the Lakers are 8-12 and sitting 13th in the Western Conference.

They have won six of their last eight games and are showing promise.

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

“I am very encouraged. I’m very excited,” Ham said. “Basically a quarter of the season is out of the way and we’re just starting to go all the way and then tonight when we go into the game we lose two more guys. But overall I’m satisfied. guys hug it. You had a lot of fun playing today. They played right on both sides of the ball. I am very, very, very encouraged.”

Lonnie Walker IV (left foot pain) and Troy Brown Jr. (left foot pain) did not play against the Trail Blazers and both will be reevaluated Thursday before the Lakers embark on a six-game journey that begins Friday night in Milwaukee begins.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2022-12-01/lakers-trail-blazers-takeaways-darvin-ham-chauncey-billips Takeaways from the Lakers’ 128-109 win over Trail Blazers

Emma Bowman

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