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Fans Chant And Request Lakers To ‘Fire Darvin Ham’ After Third Playoff Loss To Nuggets

Apr 22, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers during game two of the 2024 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Darvin Ham is receiving more criticism for the Los Angeles Lakers‘ recent performance. However, this time, it’s not just the players who are attacking him. Fans also booed him during their third game against the Denver Nuggets.

Fans Aren’t Happy With Darvin Ham

Los Angeles’ postseason prospects are not looking good. There was hope they’d be able to bring it back while playing on their home court. However, the Nuggets took the win with a seven-point difference of 105-112.

In turn, the fans started chanting for Ham to be removed from the team’s coaching staff, as Jovan Buha reports.

After the game ended, the head coach tried to muster words for their current run. He points out a possible solution by “keeping the scoreboard moving.” However, users and fans don’t accept any of it as they show their disdain for the coach.

Someone Else Was Boo’d

Apr 25, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) moves the ball against Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second half in game three of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

He isn’t the only one the fans are mad at tonight, though. D’Angelo Russell’s outing tonight leaves much to be desired. He missed all seven of his shot attempts, six of which were three-pointers. The team benched him, ending his night with zero points.

Ultimately, this led to fans also booing him for his performance.

The player no longer joined the huddle as the Lakers scrambled to think of a plan to beat the Nuggets.

Many users point to his confident statement just before the game. He talked to SiriusXM NBA Radio about his performance and how he was “looking forward to doing it the third game.”

“I’ve been dominating the season all year, so for me to have a game off when everybody’s watching, of course it’s going to be magnified. You see what I did the second game and I’m looking forward to doing it the third game.”

D’Angelo Russell

Many already expected the performance as someone jokes about how he only makes a big quote just before making bad plays.

Meanwhile, others returned to the quote after the game to make fun of his performance last night.

Can the Lakers bring the series back from a 0-3 deficit? If they do, they’d be the first in league history.