The first welcoming tweet Friday probably was the tipoff.
So damn EXCITED!!!!!!!! Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #LakeShow💜💛
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 28, 2022
“So damn EXCITED!!!!!!!! Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!! #LakeShow,” wrote LeBron James, adding five clapping hands and two hearts, one purple and one gold.
If the superstar isn’t just excited but eight exclamation points excited, that’s an awfully good start to Darvin Ham’s first NBA head coaching job.
Ham, whose hiring and four-year contract were first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday, technically isn’t starting at the top, since the 2021-22 Lakers were 33-49 and missed the play-in round to create the coaching opening in the first place.
But in another sense he is. For all of the perceived flaws of the Lakers’ organization, it remains one of the prestige franchises, and thus one of the prestige jobs, in not only the NBA but in all of sports.
It comes with the attendant pressure. It’s a team with a national profile and a national fan base, a legacy team on the same level as the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Yankees. Even when they’re lousy people care, not only nationwide but worldwide. A survey of Google searches by sidelines.io a couple of weeks ago revealed that the Lakers were the most searched team in 25 of the 50 states, coast to coast plus Alaska and Hawaii. The next best? The Celtics with…