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The new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham made it clear right from the start that he wants his new team to be defensive-minded. He spoke with the media on the first day of practice.

“12 p.m. we all got together in a theatre, went over some slides, a tone we want to set in terms of what our identity will be going into the season in terms of how we approach the game, how we play the game, defensive mindset, being great teammates, being competitive. And we came out on the court and proceeded to do that, planted the seeds for what this 2022 Lakers will look like,” Ham said.