LA’s head coach knows a thing or two about motivational speeches.
On Sunday afternoon, your Los Angeles Lakers mounted a 27-point comeback (the biggest successful comeback of the year by any team) to best the Dallas Mavericks and inch that much closer to a play-in tournament-caliber seeding and a .500 record (the team is currently 29-32).
After the game, a 111-108 victory in Dallas, Los Angeles head coach Darvin Ham spoke with his players about the positive outlook that helped push the team over the top. LA’s social media team was on hand to capture the speech.
“Hell of a job bro,” Ham said. “That’s called growth right there. Down 27. Still pushing. Possession by possession by possession by possession. Can’t get discouraged. You just [have] got to compete harder. That was the lesson of that game. Can never get discouraged. Just compete harder. Yes sir. It’s beautiful. Hey take care of your bodies. Get your rest. We got more work to do. Let’s keep stacking.”
Now I want to go lift or something. Well played, Ham. Well played.
LA has now won four of its last five games, and feels like a totally different team thanks to new additions like D’Angelo Russell, Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley, Mo Bamba and Rui Hachimura. It will have its next two opportunities to improve its record and standing Tuesday and Wednesday.
Provided Los Angeles can manage its injuries properly, the team could be in good standing for a while. At present, All-Star forward LeBron James and maximum-salaried starting point guard D’Angelo Russell are both grappling with frustrating foot ailments and could miss some time.