The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for the 2023-24 NBA season as training camp has started.
It will allow coach Darvin Ham to test new lineups and whatnot before the new season is underway.
Considering the Lakers made several roster changes this summer, Training Camp is extremely crucial for Ham and co. to build chemistry.
Outside of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and maybe Austin Reaves, multiple players could be starters for the Purple and Gold in the 2023-24 season.
Despite that, coach Darvin Ham wants to keep one fixed starting lineup throughout the regular season, as revealed via Daniel Starkand on Twitter.
“I mean, outside of the playoffs where you have to make adjustments with your rotation at times and your starting lineup, for the regular season, I want to settle in on one group,” Ham said.
Darvin Ham was asked at practice today if he wants to have one set starting lineup or if he plans to make changes based on matchups: pic.twitter.com/PYOxy930uS
— Daniel Starkand (@DStarkand) October 6, 2023
While it’s always good to keep a consistent starting lineup, this method could prove useless if multiple starters get injured.
On the other hand, a lack of playing time for some players could do more harm than good for Ham’s team.
If the sophomore coach can manage to keep that in check, the strategy could work.
Moreover, Ham is still honest enough to admit that the Lakers will need a flexible lineup come playoff time.
All things considered, the Lakers are expected to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference next season.
They finished as the seventh seed last season but ended up advancing until the 2023 Western Conference Finals.
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