EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — A day before the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the Brooklyn Nets — LA’s third win in 13 games played this season — the team held a rudimentary film session Saturday. According to the leaders of the Lakers, it was not so much what was seen, but what was said that made an impact.
“We had conversations that a team that was 2-10 should be there, you know?” Anthony Davis said Wednesday after practice. “What can each player do better, what are we going to do better collectively. The coaching staff, the medical staff. Everyone. We just wanted to figure that out going into Brooklyn game day. worked for.”
Lakers first-year coach Derwin Ham said it was an open forum that included many voices, from players like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverley and Davis to coaching staff like himself, Phil Handy and Chris Gent.
“Everyone chimes in,” Haim said. “No idea is a bad idea. The only bad idea isn’t an idea. We all put together. No one’s taking personal shots or talking about attacking people’s character – it’s just Attacking him is what we can do better. We attack.” Mistakes. How can we get better, how can we be a better basketball group.
They definitely looked better than they did on the Nets. On the offensive end, Davis contributed season-highs in points (37) and offensive rebounds (10) as the team shot 40.7% from 3, while defensively, the Lakers led the Nets by 45% overall (3. 25.9%) and allowed just 103 points, tying his season low for an opponent.
Asked about the meeting, Davis said, “A lot of emotions.” “Guys expressed their opinions. Some back and forth. But it was all in the nature of trying to be better. So even though it was back and forth, it was, ‘Okay, I hear what you saying, you hear what I am saying. So now, what is the solution?’ Instead of just banging heads. So that was some good dialogue.”
Ham said a balance has to be struck when emotions come into play.
“I think you have to be careful, because passion can be emotional,” Ham said. “You want to be emotional. You don’t want to be emotional.”
Westbrook, whose decision-making in the Lakers’ loss to the Sacramento Kings was referenced by Davis in the big man’s postgame comments the night before the meeting, also spoke of how beneficial the meeting was.
“I think things are headed in the right direction,” Westbrook said. “That’s all you could ask for.”
Beverley spoke with Spectrum Sportsnet, the Lakers’ television partner, about the film session for the first time after the Nets game.
Beverly said, “You should give LeBron a lot of credit.” “He started hitting the right guys and the guys in the locker room responded. So, credit to his leadership.”
Davis said Beverly’s leadership style has been an adjustment for the team, but comes with sage advice even when the packaging isn’t right.
Davis said, “You got to hear, you can’t hear what they’re saying, you got to hear what they’re saying.” “you could not [think]’Oh, he’s yelling, so now I’m going to stop.’ … When someone is trying to help you, we know we are all in it for one goal and that is to win. So you have to take the message and not the tone of the person’s voice.
“The main person a lot of us had to adjust to was Pat. But he delivers good messages. And he said this one time, he was like, ‘If I shout I love you, you You’re not going to go crazy, you know what I’m saying?’ So, listen to the message and not the tone.”
The Lakers, still in second-to-last place in the Western Conference, may have their opportunity to climb out of their early-season hole coming. They host the 3-12 Detroit Pistons on Friday in their first game since the Nets won after a five-day layoff that Ham divided between practice and rest time for his players. After that, they play the San Antonio Spurs, who are currently 6-9, three times in four games.
According to Haim, both Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant are likely to start the season against the Pistons. Both took full practice on Wednesday for the first time since both required surgery on their thumbs during pre-season.
“Unbelievable,” Davis said Wednesday of his pair’s contributions to the team’s intrasquad scrimmages. “They both played really well today.”
And James, who missed the last two games with a left groin strain, participated in the non-contact portion of drills and is moving from day to day on Friday.
Of course, if the Lakers can’t keep up with the upcoming schedule, Saturday’s air-it-out session will turn out to be just talk.
“The guys’ spirits are high,” Davis said. “As such, we want to put together a string of victories.”