Letters to Sports: Lakers have a new coach, same old problem

Dylan Hernández certainly nailed it when he wrote that he was more than wary of all the other holes this ailing Lakers franchise has yet to fill.

The hiring of new manager Darvin Ham is certainly a decent and respectable first step. However, if Lakers fans think he will be a magic elixir, then they live in Dreamland, not Lakerland.

First and foremost, if the clueless, stubborn Russell Westbrook “miraculously” stays on the team and (as you’d expect) refuses to change his playing style, then expect more of the same mediocrity, frustration, and defeat…Coach Ham or no Coach Ham.

Any “dramatic” turnaround or success in the Lakers’ future remains to be seen.

Rick Solomon
Lake Balboa


Just when you think the Lakers couldn’t have doubled down on the worst trade in history, they did just that by hiring Darvin Ham as head coach. I can’t believe I just wrote that the Lakers hired Darvin Ham as their head coach.

Why exactly? I really want to know why they hired Ham. Nice guy? Check. Good communicator? Check. NBA experience as a player and coach? Check. What I can’t find is his expertise with an offensive or defensive scheme. I can’t find his story of leading a group to the playoffs and developing a championship culture.

This rental has a recurring smell for me. This is a guy who will be the ultimate yes man for the front office and LeBron James. There’s really no other reason. Last year I said the Russell Westbrook deal was going to be the worst ever, it was and is. This will be the worst attitude ever taken by a head coach. mark my words

Geno Apicella


One can only hope that Darvin Ham actually has something to say about the make-up of the Lakers and not simply adding pork. Most fans will agree that the franchise has had enough of this in recent years.

Fred Wallin
Westlake Village


All of the Lakers’ maneuvers have left the team with the aging and assistant general manager LeBron James, the aging and unfit Russell Westbrook, and the always-injured Anthony Davis. And no first round to rebuild the team through 2027 and 2029.

Welcome to purgatory Darvin Ham. Let’s see if you can hold out long enough to save Jerry Buss’ legacy, which his children have now completely torn into the abyss.

Bob Goldstein
Corona del Mar


In his column “Take a Timeout, Lakers. Now Run the Right Play,” Plaschke fires Darvin Ham because “he’s never been NBA head coach.” Pat Riley had also never been an NBA head coach when the Lakers hired him, and that worked out pretty well.

Vaughn Hardenberg


I can’t believe Bill Plaschke again suggested that the Lakers hire Doc Rivers as their head coach. The Lakers roster is well known to be a hot mess and Rivers would be the absolute worst option for a coach. Granted, Rivers has won a title with the Celtics, but he’s only won one despite having the most talented team in the league. As the Clippers head coach, he allowed players to adopt the nickname “Lob City” as they celebrated every dunk like kids on a playground instead of focusing on playing solid basketball. As a result, the Rivers-led Clippers collapsed in the playoffs. Rivers’ tenure in Philadelphia was no better.

Brian Gura
Redondo Beach


Doc Rivers has coached the most teams in NBA history to lead 3-1 playoff series leads. Because it’s unlikely the Lakers will ever lead a playoff series 3-1 in their current makeup, Lakers management doesn’t have to worry about that when deciding whether to hire him.

Gerry Swider
Sherman Oaks


Bill Plaschke’s love affair with Doc Rivers knows no bounds. Was Plaschke asleep in 2015 when Rivers did nothing with a Clippers team that had Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan as starters and basketball’s best sixth man that year, Jamal Crawford? This team never made it past the second round in the playoffs, like no other Rivers-coached Clippers team. Rivers failed again this year at the highly regarded 76ers. To be honest, he’s overrated.

Gary H Miller

Life Before Tires

Bill Plaschke’s article “Kerr Marks Violence in More Than Silence” is undoubtedly the most important and best “sporting article” written in recent years.

Harry Schrag


Thumbs up for Steve Kerr for putting life (and unfortunately death) before basketball. I hope his comments were loud enough to be heard in DC

Russell Morgan

Stadium Dilemma

Bill Shaikin’s coverage of the stadium lot sales situation was extensive and excellent, but it still confuses me. If the Angels are playing in Los Angeles, as Arte Moreno says, why is Anaheim embroiled in so much controversy?

Richard Turnage

Twice as beautiful

Dodgers sweep the Diamondbacks in LA: good.

Dodgers who hit 24 in Arizona: better.

Dodgers beating Madison Bumgarner twice in a row: priceless.


More bananas

In response to reader Mark Sherwin’s letter regarding the Savannah Bananas’ innovations to keep fans interested as a mockery of the game of baseball:

Obviously, Mr. Sherwin has never been to a minor league game or heard of Bill Veeck. After all, how could they disrupt baseball’s sacrosanct traditions of headhunting, pine tar, gambling, and banging on trash can lids to steal signs with sheer hilarity and merry fun?

I would like to thank David Wharton for his fantastic work and captivating look at Banana Ball as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I immediately sent it to everyone here in the Class A Salem Red Sox organization in the hopes that they plan the bananas.

Dan Johnson
Salem, Va.

Marshall rule

For those wondering why people are so interested in sports, I refer you to Bill Plaschke’s excellent article on the Marshall High softball team. The scoreboard is just the front door to a world of drama, characters, triumphs and a million and one life lessons. Thank you, Bill, and congratulations on a great season to the Marshall High School winners.

Mark Cohen
Huntington Beach


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