Lakers Westbrook Ham Nov 7, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham speaks with guard Russell Westbrook (0) against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that Russell Westbrook’s tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has been tumultuous.

Westbrook has almost never been a good fit for the Lakers. After the Lakers included him in trade packages for Kyrie Irving, he allegedly had a spat with his head coach. Westbrook and Darvin Ham got into it on Tuesday night according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

The incident took place during halftime their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. LeBron James secured the all-time scoring record of 38,888 points in the game and was the topic of discussion. That is until this incident occurred.

“Lakers G Russell Westbrook and coach Darvin Ham had a brief, heated verbal exchange in the halftime locker room on Tuesday vs. OKC.” Wojnarowski tweeted. “Ham expressed frustration with how Westbrook lingered on the playing floor after getting subbed out of game late in second quarter.”

“Voices were raised in locker room, but discussion turned back to trying to win game vs. Thunder, sources said,” Wojnarowski later tweeted.” Ham closed the game with Westbrook, who had a season-high 14 points in the fourth quarter. Ham and Westbrook dapped up prior to leaving arena later in night.”

The NBA world had plenty to say following the news of Westbrook-Ham’s spat surfacing on Twitter. It may have not been the Westbrook news that some of those in the NBA world was looking for ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.


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Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.