Skip to content
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER Responsible Gaming Responsible Gaming
Join
Steve Kerr has been involved in several superb starts
  1. NBA

NBA - US Sports: Ham shows Westbrook support

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham has indicated he sees Russell Westbrook as a key member of his team going into the new season.

The NBA Finals series is ongoing and Game 3 takes place in Boston on Wednesday night, with the series tied at 1-1 after the first two games in San Francisco.

Golden State Warriors are 27/20 to win in the Money Line and Boston Celtics can be backed at 20/31.

Vogel moved on

The Lakers missed out on the playoffs this year after finishing in 11th place in the Western Conference, meaning they weren't even involved in the play-in tournament. 

As a result, Frank Vogel was sacked as head coach and Ham was brought in as his replacement last week.

Related NBA News

NBA - US Sports: Curry ready to set the tone in offense

NBA - US Sports: Snyder opens up on Utah exit

NBA - US Sports: Green relaxed as Golden State plot response

NBA - US Sports: Brown hails Celtics veteran Horford

Ham talks up Westbrook

There had been speculation the Lakers could seek to move Westbrook on but former Atlanta and Milwaukee assistant coach Ham says the 2017 MVP has a big role to play in the season ahead and has challenged the 33-year-old to raise the defensive side of his game by "guarding at a championship level".

"I want him to feel loved, I want him to feel comfortable," Ham told the Lakeshow. "You gonna bring him off the bench you gonna do this, no none of that stuff matters.  I need him to set the tone defensively. He said he's willing to do that. He's made it his own personal mission to be better defensively."

Westbrook averaged a triple-double for four of the five seasons prior to his switch to the Lakers but was unable to replicate those performances in LA.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder star averaged just 18.5 points-per-game this season, his lowest total since his second year in the NBA, with 7.4 rebounds-per-game and 7.1 assists.

Discover more from the world's favourite online betting brand

More US sports betting news

Latest sports betting lines

Win more with our US sports parlay bonus

Watch NBA live streaming

Latest US sports results

Head to the bet365 YouTube channel for exclusive content

Sign up - bet365 Open Account Offer

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy