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LeBron James experiences on-court meltdown near Darvin Ham

Published April 28, 2024 at 4:54 PM
Kevin Barreau
April 28, 2024  (4:54 PM)

During the Los Angeles Lakers' crucial 119-108 Game 4 victory over the Denver Nuggets, which prevented a series sweep, star player LeBron James had a tense moment with head coach Darvin Ham. The incident occurred in the early stages of the fourth quarter when the Lakers held a 15-point lead. Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was in possession of the ball, which James managed to knock away, sending it out of bounds. LeBron was adamant that he had not touched the ball last and urged Coach Ham to challenge the call.

However, no challenge was made, leading to visible frustration from James. He was seen furiously expressing his dissatisfaction on the sidelines as play resumed with the Nuggets inbounding the ball. This moment of contention highlighted the high stakes and intense emotions involved in the game, as the Lakers fought to stay alive in the playoffs. James' outburst reflected his deep investment in the game's outcome and his urgency to capitalize on every possible advantage to secure a win for his team.

Lakers' Coach Darvin Ham Faces Intense Pressure

Darvin Ham finds himself increasingly under pressure, especially if the Lakers fall to the Denver Nuggets in their first-round playoff series, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Currently down 3-1, the Lakers face a critical Game 5 in Denver. Despite breaking their 11-game losing streak against the Nuggets in Game 4, the looming possibility of elimination has intensified scrutiny on Ham's position.

Wojnarowski mentions that former Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer could be a potential replacement, though his salary expectations might exceed what the Lakers are prepared to offer. While it may seem harsh to consider dismissing Ham after just two seasons and moderate success, a five-game series loss could prompt serious discussions within the Lakers' management. The team, which entered the playoffs as the No. 7 seed via the play-in tournament for the second consecutive year, faces crucial decisions ahead.

Source Hoopswire : Report: Lakers Coach Darvin Ham On Hot Seat
Source Fox Sports : LeBron James explodes on Darvin Ham during Lakers' Game 4 victory over the Nuggets
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