Report: Lakers hiring Darvin Ham as coach
The Lakers have had enough drama for the year.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring Bucks assistant Darvin Ham on a four-year contract.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 28, 2022
A first-time NBA head coach, Ham takes over a team with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and therefore high expectations. Especially because LeBron is 37, Ham will have little time to find his footing.
In Ham, the Lakers get someone highly respected. Undrafted in 1996, he carved out an eight-year NBA playing career – including winning a championship with the 2004 Pistons – with hustle and toughness. He has worked nine years with the Hawks then Bucks as an assistant under Mike Budenholzer, maybe the league’s best coach at cutting out bad habits from his teams. Ham carries himself with straightforward demeanor that commands respect.
Ham actually began his NBA coaching career as a Lakers assistant in 2011. Those two seasons in Los Angeles are minor lines on his resumé, but they might have taken outsized importance to this insular franchise.
Even if hired for the wrong reasons, this could be a good choice. Ham topped many lists of assistant overdue to become a head coach.
Now, he gets his chance – with a premier franchise that wants to get right back into championship contention despite genuine roster issues.